In this course we will examine some of the critical issues affecting women and girls in developing countries of the world, including: poverty, sexual discrimination, sexual exploitation, access to education, opportunities for work, requirements of marriage and family, and standards of beauty. We will emphasize local, national and international programs that are working to empower women.
GROUP LEADERS: Susan Perschbacher is Professor Emerita of Assumption College. Susan taught Sociology, including courses on global perspectives and social justice. Susan worked with the immigrant communities of Worcester through the Community Service Learning Program.
Amy Gazin-Schwartz was Associate Professor of Anthropology at Assumption College. She taught courses in Anthropology, Archaeology and Native Americans. Amy has participated in the CARE Conference in Washington DC, advocating for programs to aid people in developing countries.
1) Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, ISBN #9780307387097
2) The Penguin Atlas of Women in the World: Fourth Edition, Joni Seager, ISBN #9780143114512
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609