Term of Award

Fall 2015

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Curriculum Studies (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
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Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading

Committee Chair

John Weaver

Committee Member 1

Daniel Chapman

Committee Member 2

Ming Fang He

Committee Member 3

Mary Aswell Doll

Committee Member 3 Email



The feminist movement in America has stalled. I use currere as a method to explore why the movement has stalled and attribute it to the role of Christianity in women’s lives. I provide a historical background of feminism as well as an honest analysis of the goals for the future. Literary analysis is deployed as well in an attempt to ground the argument that the perspective and awareness of the Other is an integral part of the forward movement of feminism. Curriculum theorists (e.g. Pinar, Morris, and Doll) and philosophers (e.g. Foucault) are used to explore the problems of women in education and society as they continue seeking equality and a voice. As a Southern misfit, I have adopted double consciousness and can see through and within the boundaries of Christian doctrine and seek to highlight for all women how evangelical Christianity and a patriarchal god and system of thinking confines and controls them. It is my goal that women break with Christianity and assert their independence of mind and body and continue working toward the ultimate feminist goals of equality.