Desdamona Rios and Abigail J. Stewart, Departments of Psychology and Women's Studies, University of Michigan; David G. Winter, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan.
“THINKING SHE COULD BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT”: WHY IDENTIFYING WITH THE CURRICULUM MATTERS
Article first published online: 2 AUG 2010
©2010 Division 35, American Psychological Association
Psychology of Women Quarterly
Volume 34, Issue 3, pages 328–338, September 2010
How to Cite
Rios, D., Stewart, A. J. and Winter, D. G. (2010), “THINKING SHE COULD BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT”: WHY IDENTIFYING WITH THE CURRICULUM MATTERS. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 34: 328–338. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.2010.01578.x
- Issue published online: 2 AUG 2010
- Article first published online: 2 AUG 2010
- Initial submission: October 2, 2009Initial acceptance: February 11, 2010Final acceptance: February 25, 2010
Researchers have demonstrated that Women's Studies courses can influence changes in beliefs about women, yet there is relatively little research on the impact of introducing material about women into mainstream curriculum. The current study examines the effects of introducing women exemplars into a course that is not identified as “Women's Studies.” Students enrolled in a political psychology course all attended the same lectures and were assigned the same readings; however, one-third of the discussion sections received a gender-inclusive curriculum. As hypothesized, female students in the gender-inclusive sections wrote more frequently about women and leadership in their final exams, including the positive influence of female leaders on their own identities in terms of leadership and career opportunities. These findings suggest that female college students benefit significantly from female exemplars in mainstream course curriculum.