The following article is adapted from an essay appearing in The Women 's Studies Service Learning Handbook: From the Classroom to the Community, edited by Jerilyn Fisher and Elaine Reuben, and available for $6.50 from the National Women's Studies Association, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742.
Sisterhood can be joyous and energizing. It can also be frustrating and disillusioning. The personal cost of working in a women's center, a rape project, or a women's studies program is often quite high. We expect the hours of exciting and tedious processing that it takes to build such programs. We don't expect pain and confusion about our worth, skills, and values, but these are also outcomes of the feminist group experience.