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Feminism In Action

"A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.”"

- Gloria Steinem

The Details:

Have you ever wanted to change the world? Are you passionate about women’s rights? This ExploreMYX was literally made for you! Take a deep dive into your past and uncover how it has shaped your political identity. You’ll also learn from the journey’s of legends like Gloria Steinem and Loretta Ross. With this framework, you will take it deeper and learn about the establishment of human rights and their linkages to many other global issues in sustainable development.

Leading Explorers:

Gloria Steinem, Loretta Ross

How long it’ll take:

1 semester



exploremyx: Feminism In Action

1. Smith College

Psychology of Political Activism: Women Changing the World

Have you ever wanted to change the world? Have you ever wondered what motivates some people to become activists? What experiences in your childhood or when you were a teenager may have shaped your political identity? Join us, along with Gloria Steinem, Loretta Ross, and others, in a seven-week exploration of these questions and more. In this course, you will analyze some of the psychological theories that help explain what leads people to want to change society.

Through rich, interactive case studies you will meet nine prominent women activists who were engaged in efforts and movements in the U.S. from the 1960s through the 1990s including the Civil Rights Movement, the LGBTQ Movement, and the Reproductive Justice Movement. Within our online community you will discuss and debate how psychological theories can explain these activists’ motivations, discover where the theories are and are not applicable, and collaboratively create new understandings and analyses.

Each week, Gloria Steinem (SC ‘56) will provide her thoughts and insight into how these theories might apply to contemporary issues.

What you’ll learn:

  • Explore some of the important theoretical foundations, empirical findings, research methods, and applications of political psychology

  • Apply psychological theories to understand people’s motivations for becoming politically active

  • Analyze primary source materials and learn why archival preservation is critical for the visibility of women's stories

2. SDG Academy

Human Rights, Human Wrongs: Challenging Poverty, Vulnerability and Social Exclusion

From women to children to indigenous peoples, the rights of marginalized groups the world over are violated daily. These injustices affect not just these groups, but also the stability of our world – and our collective future.

Join this massive open online course to learn about the establishment of human rights and their linkages to many other global issues in sustainable development. Using legal frameworks as the lens, the course explores the barriers that prevent rights from becoming reality in different societies.

What you’ll learn:

  • International agreements in place to support marginalized groups

  • How global politics shape the conversation – and the law

  • Gender, ethnicity and other factors that intersect – and interfere – with rights worldwide

  • How new approaches to humanitarian assistance hurt and help

This work totals 79 hours over the course of 15 weeks

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