Master’s Degree Women’s Studies, Woman Applicant from Kuwait, Additional Application Material for Application to Graduate School


(Q) Describe a time when you took a great risk. What was the outcome?

First as a child then an adolescent, increasingly, I felt like a slave. By the time that I had become a young woman, I took the risk of rebelling against my parents and my society at large, Kuwait. I wanted to choose where I would live, what I would do, and who if anyone I might decide to marry. I wanted a career, and the freedom to have one has been a hard fight, especially since I was fighting for the freedom of my little sister as well. Now we are both free.

My little sister and I were raised by a religiously fanatic, perverse, and violent family. From a very young age, I was physically, emotionally, verbally, and sexually abused by family members all of which was tolerated if not seen as justified by cultural traditions and social norms. My identity and sense of self-worth was strangled in every way imaginable, from the casual everyday control of my attire to attempts to arrange a husband that I did not want. I was in a perpetual battle against my family’s authority for my right to have a say over my own life.

I knew that one day I would break out of my prison, and I kept that hope alive for several years as I pursued my education and generated the resources needed to escape to a better life. When I finally became of legal age at 21, I decided to risk my safety and stability to pursue autonomy and leave home with my younger sister alongside me. I had helped my sister apply to a university in the U.S. and, after she was accepted, I was able to successfully sue my parents, forcing them to sign for her government scholarship so that she could leave Kuwait and get a First World education. I continued working in Kuwait to save money for my own freedom. I sold my car and eventually found an attorney to represent me after many refusals due to widespread bias against women and a reticence to defend them. It is difficult in Kuwait for an unmarried woman to find an affordable flat to live in alone; but I finally found one. After more than a decade of anguish and yearning, I had finally broken free of the tyranny that had tried to silence, suppress, and sacrifice me in the name of conformity and the status quo.  

Public Relations Manager

Women tend to make most of the buying decisions in America, often selecting the kinds of goods they bring into their households. As mothers and wives, women also influence the purchasing decisions of the men in their lives. Recent studies show that most single men often purchase the same brands of goods that their mothers chose.

Therefore, companies that want to maintain positive relationships with their female customers have started to recruit public relations professionals with exposure to women's studies courses. In addition to the strong writing and communication skills that women's studies majors develop during their academic careers, employers rely on their perspective into female wants and needs. This insight can affect the way that companies launch new products or repair mistakes.

Rape Crisis Program Director

Because they understand the challenges facing victims of sexual abuse, women's studies graduates make ideal leaders for rape crisis programs. Their knowledge of women's health gives them the ability to help clients understand the psychological and physical trauma of rape. In addition, women's studies majors possess the organizational and communications skills to train teams of volunteers and staff members. Program directors must also communicate the importance of seeking treatment to victims who are too afraid to ask for help. To do so, they write articles and make media appearances that encourage victims or their family members to seek confidential assistance.

Health Clinic Medical Assistant

As more women seek medical treatment at dedicated women's clinics, medical assistants and nurses who enroll in women's studies programs gain a powerful advantage over other trained professionals. Women visit these clinics to get a level of care and concern that they cannot find at other doctor's offices and care facilities. By understanding the wants and needs of their patients, women's studies graduates can provide a higher level of holistic care.

Union Organizer

Though women have made tremendous strides in business over the last century, many women still work in substandard conditions for unacceptable salaries. Women's studies majors that work with labor organizations identify employers that exploit women or otherwise fail to provide mandatory health and welfare benefits for their female employees. These activists have successfully lobbied for day care facilities in factories, extended maternity leave, and other important benefits.

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Please describe your involvement in university/faculty life and activities encouraging young women into the sciences (max 300words):

My university days afforded me several highly valuable leadership positions including First Female Departmental Senator for the Food Science and Technology Local Chapter.  I was also involved in making departmental policies such as establishing flexibility concerning the availability of laboratories and ensuring/facilitating participation in symposiums, excursions, and exhibitions, coordinating between students and faculty. Optimal outcomes were achieved through a series of meetings with the departmental heads and stakeholders. Furthermore, I stepped up to represent the national middle-belt region which gave me the opportunity to coordinate among five tertiary institutions, thus boosting my chances of meeting young women in science and re-enforcing their self-confidence. Finally, being elected unopposed as the National Vice Present of _____ provided me with a broader platform and I was subsequently able to organize industry internships for a good number of female students. I believe my activities both challenged female students to push themselves harder and to become more active and successful in their careers in Science and Engineering. I have also personally mentored numerous female students as a result of my widespread and in-depth involvement in university and faculty life. 

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My own PHD at the University of Southern California was in Religion (1995). My doctoral dissertation, however, was on the subject of the history of violence against women in Central America. Thus, Women's Studies and Feminist Theory were a big part of my doctoral studies and made up approximately one third of the material on my qualification examinations. For this reason, it is a special privilege to help applicants to graduate school in this area.


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Many colleges and universities now allow liberal arts students to pursue degrees in women's studies. Using the arts and humanities as a launch pad, these popular degree programs explore the many factors that influence and shape the life of women. Students investigate these influences in the United States and throughout the world. Students who pursue a degree in women's studies learn how social and cultural influences have shaped the lives and roles of women throughout history.

Most participating students report that courses directly related to women's studies have had a profound impact on their lives. By viewing world events and cultures through the filters of different genders, students can gain powerful perspectives on freedom and empowerment. Women's studies majors learn to value the achievements of female leaders over the years while positioning themselves for their own cultural breakthroughs.

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Women's Studies Career Paths

Clinical Social Worker

Counselors and other clinical social workers benefit from integrating a women's studies major or minor into their professional development. Understanding the history and development of women's roles in society can help clinical social workers provide perspective for their clients. Graduates can use the knowledge from their degree programs to connect clients with the most effective and appropriate resources in their communities.

Health Clinic Coordinator

Working in health clinics allows women's studies majors to combine their understanding of the social and political aspects of women's health with their innate organizational and leadership skills. Health clinic coordinators often handle everything from scheduling medical personnel to appealing for funding. At the same time, they must manage relations with neighborhoods that often face conflict with politicians and religious groups.

College Professor

Some women's studies students use their degrees to launch a career in academia. As a burgeoning specialty, many colleges and universities are growing their women's studies departments to meet growing student demand. Likewise, many women's studies professors enjoy the opportunity to publish their work in the commercial press instead of solely in academic journals.

Human Rights Advocate

Because women in some foreign countries do not enjoy the same liberties as women in the United States, many women's studies majors campaign for equality and justice around the world. In some cases, students can volunteer or even gain jobs with international rights organizations that monitor the treatment and the advancement of women.

Victims' Advocate

Some women's studies students pursue a career that puts them in direct contact with the victims of domestic abuse, hate crimes, or other acts of violence. Victims' advocates bridge the gaps between law enforcement, the legal community, and medical professionals. Experienced victims' advocates can help confused and frightened women receive critical medical and legal attention. Victims' advocates also help their clients remain committed to pursuing criminal prosecution for their abusers, especially in situations where they feel intimidated or shamed for doing so.


A women's studies degree or concentration can provide a student with a valuable and unusual perspective regarding current events. Women's studies majors can use their writing, interviewing, and research skills to report on issues facing women, as well as on the ways that women impact society. Today's journalists must assure their audiences that issues facing women deserve as much respect and attention as issues facing men.


Attorneys who complement their law school studies with a concentration or a degree in women's studies can unlock the potential to work with a variety of specialized cases. As the general public becomes more aware of long-term challenges such as sexual harassment, discrimination, and domestic violence, attorneys who build a reputation for handling sensitive cases can build strong specialty practices.

Women's Shelter Director

Shelters or abused women face a unique set of challenges that women's studies majors can use their skills to overcome. Not only must a center director find funding and support for their facilities, they must do so in ways that protect the privacy of their clients. Many women's shelters operate in undisclosed locations so that abusive men cannot cause further harm to shelter residents.

Center directors must be able to assure neighbors of their safety, while facilitating meetings with attorneys and law enforcement professionals during divorce proceedings or criminal prosecution. In addition, women's studies degree holders use their organizational skills to provide a comfortable environment for residents. Directors must maintain their facilities and coordinate with housekeepers, contractors, and public utilities.


The converging trends of high malpractice insurance and the desire for more traditional childbirth experiences have created job opportunities for midwives. Whether helping to deliver children at their patients' homes or operating from comfortable maternity facilities, women's studies graduates use their strong communication skills to coach women through this joyous but challenging ritual.

Legislative Aide

As politicians work harder to court the votes of women, many elected officials have recruited women's studies majors to their research teams. By viewing current laws and proposed legislation through the filter of women's history, these specialists can help their representatives to really understand the impact of law on women in their districts.

Women's studies, also known as feminist studies, is an interdisciplinary field that explores politics, society, and history from a multicultural, woman’s perspective. It critiques and explores societal norms of gender, race, and social class in light of social inequalities.

Women's studies classes generally practice a diverse array of pedagogies, though there are some common themes to the way many courses are taught. Women’s studies curricula also generally encourage students to engage in hands-on activities that build upon class discussions and reflection upon course materials. The development of critical reading, writing, and oral expression are seen as being of central importance. Like gender studies, Women’s Studies employs feminist, queer, and critical theories. Since the 1970s, Women’s Studies has taken a post-modern approach to understanding gender and how it intersects with race, class, ethnicity, religion, age, and (dis)ability to produce and maintain power structures within society that perpetuate and enforce social inequality. There is also a growing focus on language, subjectivity, and social hegemony. At the core of these theories is the notion that gender, sex, and sexuality are not intrinsic, but are socially constructed.

Women studies programs are involved in social justice and design curriculums that are embedded with theory and also activism. Some Women’s Studies programs offer internships that are community-based allowing students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of how oppression directly affects the lives of women. Many Women’s Studies curricula engage with a variety of different epistemological and methodological practices. Feminist scholarship is diverse and utilizes positivism, critical realism, and standpoint theory in the context of interdisciplinary scholarship.

Feminist activism not only focuses on women’s issues but has spread throughout many other movements including (but not limited to) environmental issues, art, communication, animal rights, homosexual rights and the rights of ethnic minorities. Feminist activism explores the intersections of social, political, and cultural histories, their implications, and dedicates time and energy to the liberation of all people from injustice and oppression.

In fact, most students of Women’s Studies are already some type of social activist at the time that they begin their graduate studies. One of the key aspects of women’s studies classes and programs is to build connections between the classroom and social change. Thus, classes and programs tend to focus on power structures, oppression, inequality, and social suffering. Students are encouraged to bridge their learning and community involvement and take action in the world in order to foster positive social transformation.

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