What Should I Do About It?

MIT students are known for having rigorous and demanding courseloads. However, despite our other commitments (academic or otherwise), fighting for a meaningful equality can remain a driving force in our lives. Even if you don’t have time for rallies and conferences, simply how you live your everyday life (the words you use, the conversations you initiate or avoid, your beliefs) has important effects on our current culture.

Talk about it. Talk about it in your everyday life, with your friends, your family, your classmates, your co-workers, and your lovers. Discuss it in the classroom, in the lab, in your dorm. Examine yourself and your own assumptions.

Learn about the issues and the ideas. The MIT Women and Gender Studies Program offers a wide variety of courses for undergraduate and graduate students. http://web.mit.edu/wgs/academics/ Graduate students from participating universities may also register for classes through the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies at MIT: http://web.mit.edu/gcws/ Read articles and discuss them.

Get active. Volunteer or intern for causes that you’re passionate about. See the Career Resources section.

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