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The History of LMU's Women's Studies

In Spring, 2004, Women's Studies seniors Aracely Miron and Natasha Saltz researched the history of Women's Studies at LMU. They felt that if women don't tell our story, who else will? Working with Professor Jabbra, they prepared an interview guide and preliminary list of women to interview. Then they interviewed all of the women still on campus who had been involved with the early years of the program (now department), and drove to Las Vegas to interview a woman who had retired. They also searched in the University archives for old undergraduate bulletins, minutes of meetings and interview transcripts, and articles in the campus newspaper.

Their final report, together with their transcripts, has been placed in the University archives. Natasha said, speaking about the project, "What I liked most was the freedom to explore different issues regarding women's studies. I appreciated not just having to complete an assignment just so that I can earn a grade, but actually finding something that I was interested in and focusing on that." Aracely said, "Women's Studies is about not letting go of what has been gained. Talking to all of those women gave me something solid to believe in and it solidified my idea that we must always listen and be listened to."

 

Photo by Nancy W. Jabbra. Aracely Miron and Natasha Saltz in Baker, California, in front of 'The World's Largest Thermometer,' on the road to Las Vegas.