A tale of two (doctoral-candidate) siblings

It’s rare enough that McNary High School graduates choose to pursue doctorate-level degrees. Rarer still when two of them happen to be siblings at the same university, but Aundrea and Grant Snitker are doing just that and both are making waves in their chosen fields. Mars and Venus swap duties Aundrea Snitker was in a class at George Fox University when she discovered the question she’s spent the past couple of years investigating. “There was a man who was saying it was his job to always open the door for women and always walk them home. It made me wonder why he felt that way and if he thought there was something he felt we needed protection from,” Snitker said. On a broader scale, it made her question many of the assumptions that were made about gender roles, especially those held by classmates and fellow students in the Christianc college setting. “I think going to a Christian university helped me see the questions a bit clearer because we talked about those traditional roles a lot,” she said. She’s now pursuing the topic as a gender studies doctoral student at Arizona State University in Tempe. Snitker graduated from McNary High School in 2004 and received her bachelor’s degree in sociology at George Fox followed by a master’s degree in gender studies at Portland State University. The question that’s dogged her lately is...

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