San José State University's Women's Studies Program was one of the earliest women's studies programs in the United States.
The Women's Studies Program Records document the emergence and development of the Women's Studies Program from 1963 to 2003.
The bulk of these records highlight the program's internal administration and its efforts in community outreach.
In 1972 Academic Vice President Hobert Burns officially established the Women's Studies Program (WSP) at San José State University.
An ad hoc committee was formed and included Dr. Fauneil (Fanny) Rinn of the Political Science Department, Dr. Billie Jensen
of the History Department, and Dr. Sybil Weir of the English Department. With the rise of campus protests against traditional
academic curriculum and the earlier success of the African American Studies Program, the SJSU Administration readily supported
the formation of the WSP. The combined efforts of the Administration, faculty, and students launched one of the first women's
studies programs in the U.S.
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