Dr. Donna Anderson
Professor of Economics and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
What made you decide/want to pursue Women & Gender Studies?
In general, I came of age during the Women’s Movement of the 1960’s and 1970’s, which had a tremendous impact on my life. On a more personal level, athletics is a very important part of my life and has been since high school. I am old enough to remember when Title IX had just passed but was not being enforced and my mother visiting the principal’s office to question: 1) why didn’t the girls have a cross-country team; and 2) why the boys’ track team had 3 times as many coaches as the girls’ team, despite the fact that the girls’ team was more successful than the boys’ team. I am discouraged that our society continues to sexualize girls and women and I believe that athletics is an antidote to that. I know that when girls and women are given the opportunity to participate in athletics, they can show to the world their toughness, strength, fearlessness, and perseverance which challenges views of females as sex-objects.