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Reclaiming Feminism: A Qualitative Investigation of Language Usage by Girls in a High School Women's Studies Course

Jennifer L. Martin

Keywords: FEMINISM; WOMEN'S STUDIES; GIRL'S EMPOWERMENT; SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Abstract

This article examines the impact of women's studies on at-risk high school girls. This analysis was conducted within a larger intervention study examining the effect of women's studies on levels of sexual harassment within the school. As a teacher researcher, I observed that students were embracing terms traditionally degrading to women so I then began to study the language usage of the students in the course as a separate study. I assessed changes in the language usage of students and observed the evolution of their language. It became, as the course progressed, more egalitarian and em powered as they embraced feminist principles.

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