While women have always had a place at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the academic discipline of women’s studies faced a rocky road to acceptance.
Danielle Rue, a senior English and women and gender studies major, explained the complex history of women and gender studies at the Nebraska Union Monday evening.
The presentation, “Women’s Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln: A Brief Digital History,”examined the university’s attitude toward problems of race, gender and sexuality in the ’60s and ’70s.
The Women in Contemporary Society department was approved in 1971, along with other departments that began expanding curriculum to include topics on women and gender. Women’s Studies was recognized as an official academic discipline in 1976. In its first year, it operated with a $500 budget and some professors taught classes for free. It wasn’t until 1992 that the department earned office space.