Journal of Interdisciplinary Feminist Thought


Curriculum and Instruction | Higher Education | Online and Distance Education


Institutions structure how we think about ourselves and how we interact with one another. Hence, at numerous levels, institutions instigate powerful forces determining and regulating various behaviors, including the behavior of individuals in institutions of higher education. These institutions have considerable power in women’s lives not only as learners, consumers, and users of services but also as instructors, workers, and deliverers of services both nationally and internationally.

This essay explores and highlights how powerful educational institutions limit and abuse the rights of contemporary women, particularly as service deliverers and as adjuncts in online higher education, including imposing severe limitations placed on curricular design. This in turn impacts consumers of educational services and the self-image of the American populace. Comments: This essay is a summary of a much longer article by Batya Weinbaum. The editors thought the issues raised by Doctor Weinbaum were important and provocative in academia today. If any of our readers are interested in commenting to JIFT regarding these issues, your comments can be addressed to either of the editors: Virginia Walsh, walshv@salve.edu or Carol Shelton, cshelton@ric.edu. Doctor Weinbaum, weinbaumbatya@gmail.com also welcomes inquiries and commentary from readers who may be interested in a book-in-process titled: Adjuncts on the Edge: Invisible in Academe.