PARIS – A women’s studies course is being offered for the first time at Central Maine Community College’s Western Maine Center in Paris.

The course will employ a range of interdisciplinary sources in order to examine women’s positions in and contributions to society. It will cover a broad scope of issues in women’s studies, including definitions of feminism, the role of gender in social interaction, women of color, women’s sexuality, health and the female body, women in mythology, women in the workplace, violence against women, images of women/women’s self-image and women and aging.

Students will be asked to explore their own beliefs and attitudes, as well as the attitudes of societies. The course will look at commonalties and differences among women and investigate the multiple dimensions of women’s experiences.

Part of the course will be to consider the ways in which institutions (education, the workplace, family) influence women’s lives. Weekly assignments will require writing and reading a variety of texts

“This exciting course provides an interesting in-depth look at many historical as well as current issues important to women,” said Barbara Livingston, college coordinator. “It’s a course that will prove fascinating to women of all ages and is appropriate for those either working toward a degree or just looking for some mental stimulation.”

“Women’s Studies” (WST 101) is a three-credit course that will be held from 6 to 8:55 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 18 through May 3. The cost of $301.80 includes tuition and fees.

Central Maine Community College’s Western Maine Center is located at 232 Main St. For more information, contact Livingston at 743-9322 or 888-677-3377. To register for this or any other course, call the registrar’s office at 800-891-2002, ext. 292, or online at and click on “course offerings.”

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