Date of Award

12-16-2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Women's Studies

First Advisor

Susan Talburt

Second Advisor

Julie Kubala

Third Advisor

Megan Sinnott

Abstract

Many women’s colleges in the United States are evaluating their mission to educate women in a society where gender is recognized as a social construct. As a result, some women’s colleges have changed their admissions policies to include transgender people. By examining the admissions policies of select women’s colleges, I analyze who becomes a thinkable student at women’s colleges, as well as who is excluded by the admissions policies. Through my analysis of the admissions policies of twelve women’s colleges, I divide the colleges into four categories: colleges with self-identification policies, colleges with consistent identification policies, colleges with legal and/or medical policies, and colleges with no specific admissions policies.

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