Newsflash: Texas Woman’s U. to Offer Ph.D. in Women’s Studies

The nation’s largest women’s university (but its programs are open to men) has been approved to offer a Ph.D. in women’s studies. That makes it the first university in Texas and one of only 15 in the country to offer this degree in the field. As women’s studies department chair Claire L. Sahlin put it,

Graduates of the program will be prepared to meet the growing regional, national and international needs for professors of women’s studies and leaders of nongovernmental, social service and research agencies that address women’s issues.

AnaLouise Keating, director of the Ph.D. program, promises “transdisciplinary and transformative dialogue” within the program–which will continue TWU’s longstanding commitment to women’s studies. The school requires all students, regardless of their major, to take three hours of multicultural-women’s studies.

Image by Nickolas Muray in Ladies Home Journal, 1931. Courtesy of George Eastman House Collection.


The late Michele Kort—a dedicated feminist—was the senior editor of Ms. magazine for 13 years. She died June 26, 2015, after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She worked for decades in field of journalism, covering sports, music, culture, art and feminist issues for publications like LA Weekly, The Advocate, Shape, Redbook, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Songwriter, InStyle, Living Fit, Fit Pregnancy, Vegetarian Times, Fitness, UCLA Magazine, Women's Sports and Fitness and more. She is the author of four books, including a biography of singer/songwriter Laura Nyro, Soul Picnic: The Music and Passion of Laura Nyro. Rest in power, Michele.