Women’s and Gender Studies

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When I was growing up in the 1990's, I quit Girl Scouts to join karate classes. At the time, I was bored. My critical eye fell back on Girl Scouts years later when my eldest sister started a Daisy troop for her daughter, my niece. She took on the role as her daughter turned ten, and I began to plan my senior capstone project. I began to wonder if the Girl Scouts had changed much from my brief experience in the 1990's.

The methods for this project are simple, but their weighted importance to my research shows the complex relationship between my method and my epistemological questions. In my internship I carried out the activist volunteer role, becoming active in leading the troop. I'd like to define my of valued experience and critical thinking as "Gynocentric Method." In this way, I have not only been a troop leader, I have been a feminist activist who can draw analysis upon these experiences.