About the Course
Feminism and Social Justice” is an adaptation of Distinguished Professor Bettina Aptheker’s long-running course at UC Santa Cruz. In the course, Professor Aptheker presents a broad definition of feminism that serves to frame three significant events in the history of feminism and social justice: the Empire Zinc strike of 1951, the 1971-1972 trial of Angela Davis, and the #metoo movement.
- What is feminism?: Feminism is a movement, a philosophical perspective, and a driver of social change. It has various goals and constituencies, and it continues to be adapted in response to new conditions
- Salt of the Earth: In 1951, zinc miners in southwestern New Mexico went on strike in response to the Empire Zinc Company’s discriminatory treatment of Mexican-American workers and their families. After the miners were prevented from protesting by court order, their wives maintained the picket line.
- Free Angela: In 1970, FBI agents arrested the feminist scholar and activist Angela Davis for her alleged connection to the Soledad Brothers, inmates of Soledad Prison in central California who were accused of killing a guard.
- The #metoo Movement: The hashtag “me too” appeared on social media in 2017 in response to a number of high-profile sexual assault allegations in the entertainment industry.
About the University
UC Santa Cruz is an outstanding public research university with a deep commitment to undergraduate education. It’s a place that connects people and programs in unexpected ways while providing unparalleled opportunities for students to learn through hands-on experience.
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