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Demanding inclusion: how women at California State University, Sacramento, transformed academia and claimed their place in the university

Thesis (M.A., History)--California State University, Sacramento, 2016.

This thesis explores how feminist activism at California State University,
 Sacramento (CSUS), in the Seventies, transformed the university. My research utilizes
 archival sources, newspapers, and oral histories from women who participated in the
 movement. This paper focuses on four forms of feminism present at CSUS: labor, liberal,
 academic, and anti-rape. Those who identified with these forms of feminism challenged
 unfair maternity policies, fought for the creation of an on-site child care center,
 confronted the sexist ideology that dominated employment practices, and addressed the
 university traditions and customary practices that objectified and sexualized women.

This thesis explores how feminist activism at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS), in the Seventies, transformed the university. My research utilizes archival sources, newspapers, and oral histories from women who participated in the movement. This paper focuses on four forms of feminism present at CSUS: labor, liberal, academic, and anti-rape. Those who identified with these forms of feminism challenged unfair maternity policies, fought for the creation of an on-site child care center, confronted the sexist ideology that dominated employment practices, and addressed the university traditions and customary practices that objectified and sexualized women.

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