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Meet WGST Minor Kenna Ashen

Kenna Ashen is a Material Sciences major with a Women’s and Gender Studies minor.   Texas A&M students travel many different roads as they find their way to the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. In Kenna’s case, her interest in feminism began during her childhood as she and her father engaged in many open-minded and […]

Kenna Ashen is a Material Sciences major with a Women’s and Gender Studies minor.

 

Texas A&M students travel many different roads as they find their way to the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. In Kenna’s case, her interest in feminism began during her childhood as she and her father engaged in many open-minded and free-flowing conversations regarding societal topics such as religion, politics, and feminism. Kenna’s high school AP environmental teacher encouraged her to pursue a career in STEM and introduced her to the idea of being a woman in a male dominated workplace.

Today Kenna’s main areas of interest are women in the workforce, reproductive rights, women in politics, and how women are represented in the media. She has done survey research on how engineering majors feel their studies have been affected based on gender, race and sexual identity. When asked about which area of women’s studies deserves more attention Kenna suggested, “I’ve done a lot of research in several modern gender studies classes on violence against Native American women because I feel like that’s not talked about enough.” Her favorite Women’s and Gender Studies class at Texas A&M is Feminist Theory (WGST 401) with Dr. Tasha Dubriwny because she facilitates open discussions and prioritizes students’ insight on complex topics.

 

Kenna’s favorite authors:

Bell Hooks

Kimberlé Crenshaw

 

Kenna’s favorite essay:

Kimberlé Crenshaw, “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics”