Women's Studies Graduates And The Labour Market: New Thoughts And New Questions

  • Maryanne Dever Monash University
  • Denise Cuthbert Monash University
  • Anna Dacre Monash University
Keywords: Women's studies, Postsecondary education, Labour market


Despite almost three decades of formal study of women and gender at university and college levels, there is a noticeable paucity of debate and documentation over how Women's Studies programs relate to the domain of the vocational and how Women's Studies graduates fare in the labour market. This essay explores some of the reasons why the vocational elements of Women's Studies have, with isolated exceptions, been overlooked in most debates about the future of Women's Studies and examines cogent arguments for a more systematic consideration of these questions in the future.