Mary Frances Pipino, Ph.D., Director of the Ursuline Studies Program
The semester is coming to a close, and with it my course, WS 201 Introduction to Gender Studies. It’s been an amazing journey for me, with 19 bright, opinionated, inquisitive, hard-working young women for travelling companions.
On the first day of class, I asked the group (by show of hands) who considered herself a feminist. Only one student raised her hand. I expected this response—as Lisa Maria Hogeland wrote in a 1994 article for Ms. titled “Fear of Feminism: Why Young Women Get the Willies,” young women distance themselves from that identity for a number of reasons, noting that “fear of feminism is fear of consequences.”