Women & Leadership

Jan 2015

Abigail is gold. The best professor I had in college. Take this class with her.

Nov 2011

Prof. Abzug's class Women and Leadership seems like a really great class, at first glance. The readings are interesting, the topic is applicable to Barnard women interested in leadership seminars. However, be warned. Prof. Abzug is not a teacher by profession. She's been in business and politics. This gives her a perspective on her subject matter, which she has no problem telling you over and over and over again. She is more often than not too focused on her own ideas than on anyone else's. Additionally, she is a poor class facilitator. She doesn't have a good grasp on leading class discussions and instead has her students lead discussions each class. But every time she has an opinion she interjects. As a result no one has real power over the class and the discussion is often boring. Also, her class instructions- what to read, what to write about- are always vague. Not worth 4 credits.

Apr 2011

Do not take this class unless you have to. Liz has very clear opinions and she doe not look kindly on students who think different. This makes you count down the minutes until the class is over. She assigns weekly readings but really we never talk about them in class. All you talk about in class is how hard it is to be a woman - which makes you leave class feeling upset every week. All you talk about in class are issues women face and there is never any resolution to these issues. Liz also loves to talk about herself. If you refer to her or her mother you will probably gain brownie points in class. If you have to take this class just go into it know that it isn't everything the Athena Center says it will be.

Dec 2009

Take this class. I don't care if you're a Women's Studies major or a Chemistry major, if you're a die-hard feminist or hate the word-- just take this class. It will change the way you look at the world. Professor Rosenberg is a brilliant scholar and one of the most genuine, thoughtful, and caring professors I have ever had. She'll respond to emails at 1 am, meet you at any time of day, help you endlessly on the assignments, basically do anything because she so loves teaching and wants young women to understand how gender influences our society. The work is a pleasure to do, completely reasonable and fascinating stuff. I could have P/D/F-ed this class, but I was fell in love with the material and the research that I just wanted to keep going. Barnard is so lucky to have Prof Rosenberg here-- do not graduate without taking a class with her!

Dec 2009

This is the only class this semester where I was excited to write my paper, do the readings, and come to class. I spent hours researching my paper because I was so interested in the topic. I certainly did not need to spend this much time, but I wanted to. Professor Rosenberg is not the type of professor to whom you can turn in a half-ass essay and feel ok about it. You want her to like your paper so much that you do your absolute best work. I must emphasize that unlike other classes, the amount of work I put into this class had nothing to do with the grade I wanted to get. My work was purely because I was interested in the subject matter and wanted to do a good job because I was so stimulated by the course. I love that when you're done with a Professor Rosenberg class you really feel like you have grasped the subject in full. Most classes are broad, but Professor Rosenberg makes you understand the subject matter in a deep way and significantly improves your analytical skills. Take this class or any class with Professor Rosenberg, she is probably the best professor at Barnard.

Jun 2007

While there were good and bad things about this class, IÂ’m really grateful that it was an opportunity for me to get to know Prof. Abzug since she is extremely active in the field and a good person to know in New York. The course in general is relatively interesting, as we just talked about the images, methods, and successes/failures of women in leadership roles. ItÂ’s not very necessary to do the reading since most of the conversation hinges on just getting together to talk about these topics, and the seminar style is great for doing that. The only thing is that you can tell Prof. Abzug is not a professor by profession (sheÂ’s an adjuct who runs a consulting business and just teaches one class a semester). While she has a great outside perspective on the issue because of this, she is not great at leading discussions. SheÂ’ll tick off a list of people in the order theyÂ’ll speak so everyone will put down their hands, and then in no way will she follow this list, so that it can be difficult and frustrating to get the chance to say something. She can also be pretty rude and judgmental about opinions that some students express in class, and can respond by scolding them to the point where itÂ’s inappropriate if the goal is to encourage academic freedom (I know a lot of other students noticed this too). Aside from these complaints, however, the class is interesting and easy and you should definitely take it if youÂ’re interested in the topic. I think all of us were in some way inspired to go partake in leadership ourselves through our studies of great women leaders and their leadership styles.