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Feminist Consciousness and the Production of a Contemporary Women's Section
Unformatted Document Text:  Tracking number: ICA-12-11416 17 position], but there was no one else who had that component, which I felt was important.” Taking an editing position appealed to Mertz, she says, because “I was trying to use my women’s studies degree in some way and I felt I couldn’t do that in a reporter position – I’d need some more room to work.” When asked exactly how her specialized degree applied, she explained, “It gives me a ton of ideas – ideas for stories built off theories. I understand a women’s studies perspective of what women have gone through.” Mertz offered some previously published Savvy stories as examples of how her background in feminist studies informs her work. Among the articles: How stereotypes in the music industry affect women and the musical instruments they play, which she said had been a topic in one of her classes; A single mom going back into the workforce, an issue she said “lots of women’s studies classes dealt with;” and How beauty images and the cosmetic industry negatively affect women Mertz was not the only one to explicitly talk about feminist ideologies. Notions related to feminism and the women’s movement came up in each of my interviews, however, most often this was in relation to feminism’s influence on the abolishment of past women’s sections. For example, Carr-Elsing said, The days of the old women’s sections, you know, when you talked about the garden club and who was wearing what and who came in with who, you know, have long been shed by the wayside. Women’s sections, I think, you know, had their heyday and they kind of went out of vogue with the feminist movement – maybe with the early ‘70s.

Authors: Harp, Dustin.
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Tracking number: ICA-12-11416
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position], but there was no one else who had that component, which I felt was important.”
Taking an editing position appealed to Mertz, she says, because “I was trying to use my
women’s studies degree in some way and I felt I couldn’t do that in a reporter position –
I’d need some more room to work.” When asked exactly how her specialized degree
applied, she explained, “It gives me a ton of ideas – ideas for stories built off theories. I
understand a women’s studies perspective of what women have gone through.” Mertz
offered some previously published Savvy stories as examples of how her background in
feminist studies informs her work. Among the articles: How stereotypes in the music
industry affect women and the musical instruments they play, which she said had been a
topic in one of her classes; A single mom going back into the workforce, an issue she said
“lots of women’s studies classes dealt with;” and How beauty images and the cosmetic
industry negatively affect women
Mertz was not the only one to explicitly talk about feminist ideologies. Notions
related to feminism and the women’s movement came up in each of my interviews,
however, most often this was in relation to feminism’s influence on the abolishment of
past women’s sections. For example, Carr-Elsing said,
The days of the old women’s sections, you know, when you talked about the
garden club and who was wearing what and who came in with who, you know,
have long been shed by the wayside. Women’s sections, I think, you know, had
their heyday and they kind of went out of vogue with the feminist movement –
maybe with the early ‘70s.


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