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January 25, 2012 9:52 AM Subscribe
What kind of jobs should I be looking for that are women's/gender studies related? I like working on issues more than with people.
posted by nakedmolerats to Work & Money (11 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I have a graduate certificate in women's/gender studies that I sort of stumbled into and ended up liking more than my actual MA program. I feel the most passionate about addressing race/gender/sexuality issues in society. I don't really have any volunteer experience or credentials besides the certificate - I haven't had the opportunity to teach or TA for women's studies classes. I am 26 and trying to break into some sort of feminist, LGBT, anti-racist, or all of the above advocacy work.
I think ideally, I would like working for NOW or some sort of feminist action coalition. (My perfect business card would read "Feminist Lesbian Badass Extraordinaire").
I could also see myself working for community organizations like anti-sexual assault programs, domestic violence shelters, etc. However, I much prefer to work with systems or issues rather than individuals. (I'm an INTP, if it helps, though I don't put huge stock in that defining my life). I'm not super empathic or good at "connecting" with people, so in the long run I think canvassing or one-on-one counseling would be ill-fitting for me. I think I am good at writing and talking about academic or social issues. I enjoy public/group speaking. I think I am a pretty good teacher. I can speak intelligently about topics pretty improvisationally.
I think I could be good at something like blogging, but honestly am not sure if I have the motivation to be a professional blogger. I read a lot of blogs now and love talking about issues, but I feel like most of my info comes from reading blogs already, so... how would my blog be new or interesting?
What kinds of jobs or careers should I be looking at? I don't even know what job title an entry-level person at NOW, Planned Parenthood, etc. would have. I have perused Idealist.org and it seems like most jobs I find are for fundraising or counseling-type work. Do you have a job like I am describing? How can I get into this field?