Women and Gender Studies Program at George Mason University

The mission of the Women and Gender Studies Center is to bridge academic coursework with student development, leadership, and coalition building.

Come Visit our Center throughout the week, for a cozy student space designed for studying, reading, and connecting with other students within WGST and across the university! We are designed to provide opportunities for intellectual, personal, and social inquiry and interrogation related to s*x; gender; gender identity/expression; s*xuality; intersections with race, ethnicity, class, (dis) ability,

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03/08/2024

Interested in learning about how intersectionality can be applied to yourself and social justice work in general? Join us for one of our two virtual Intersectionality 101 workshops. Our module and discussions are open to all Mason students and staff. Register on Mason360 for the Zoom links.

[Alt text: An image promoting two online training dates for Intersectionality 101. Students and staff must register on Mason360. The dates are March 13 from 4:30pm-7pm and April 19 from 2:30pm-5pm. March 13 registration: https://buff.ly/3SIzTy8. April 19 registration: https://buff.ly/3SCKGty]

03/08/2024

Hope you're enjoying your spring break! Our last installment of Staff Library Highlight comes curtesy from our Graduate Assistant, Vanessa! Come by JC 240K to check out all staff recommendations , and more!

Alt Text. First image has a tan background with an image of a book. Text reads: Vanessa, Graduate Assistant. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a powerful and touching memoir that explores the themes of racism, s*xual trauma, identity, self-discovery, and resilience. This book invites readers to honor and learn more about the challenges and triumphs that Maya Angelou experienced as a Black woman. PS3551.N464 Z466.

03/01/2024

Join us on April 4th at the WGST center to discuss how different types of media influence the perception of the ideal body type for women. Kahoot winners will win a full-sized candy bar! Link to Mason360: https://buff.ly/3uQQjfS

Alt text: Green background with scattered pink flowers. Outline of an Instagram post surrounded by a pink flip phone on the left and a model on the right. Text Reads: Picture “Perfect.” Media Representations of the Ideal Body from the 2000s to Today. April 4, 4:30-6:00pm, JC 240K, Women and Gender Studies.

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Black History is more than a month! We are exited to usher in Women's History month by celebrating Black authors and voices with out Staff Library Highlights. Stop by JC 240K to learn more!

Alt Text: First image has a light grey background with a picture of a novel near plants. Text reads: Steph, Center Mentor. In Speaking Truth to Power, Anita Hill gives a thorough account of her upbringing and accomplishments while working with Clarence Thomas, and the aftermath of the Clarence Thomas hearings. She reflects on how conservatives and liberals focused on race and s*xual stereotypes for Black men instead of the power imbalance and gendered aspect of s*xual harassment. Her testimony ignited demands for gender equality and revealed realities about s*xual harassment and power in the workplace before the movement. KF373 .H46 A3 1997.
Second image has a light grey background with a picture of a stuffed penguin holding a book. Text reads: Tsebaot, Program Advisor. Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde is one of the formative pieces of literature in Black Feminist Thought. Lorde beautifully captures the essence of intersectionality by utilizing her positionality as a Q***r, Black Woman to speak on her experiences and how that has shaped her worldview. Ranging from essays, interviews, and poems, this collections is a must read for those striving to dismantle systems of injustice. PS3562.O75 S5.

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Welcome to week three of our Black History Month Library Highlights. We're proud to announce this week's feature from our Leads! You're welcome to come to the center, JC 240K to check these out and so many more!

Alt Text: First image has a grey and purple background with a picture of a book with "PS3620.A93534F55 2021" underneath. Text reads: Katelyn, Lead Program Advisor. “Filthy Animals by Brandon Taylor is a fictional collection of vignette-style chapters that connect for a larger story about q***r human intimacy and connection to each other. There are three main characters (Lionel, who is in recovery, and Charles & Sophie, who are dancers in an open relationship) with a main storyline, but nearly every other chapter is a short story about a different set of characters with a theme that promotes the main story. It takes a few chapters to get into, but this novel is great for people who like themed short stories! Content warnings: su***de (central theme), eating disorder, racism, homophobia.”
Second Image has a grey and brownish-green background with a picture of a book with "PS3564 .A895 W6 1982" underneath. Text reads: Lindsey, Lead Center Mentor. “The Women of Brewster Place is Gloria Naylor's debut novel that features fictional stories from seven black women living in the tenement buildings. It combines humor and tragedy to explore themes of misogynoir, classism, family, interconnectedness, and more. Naylor's writing is so beautifully tragic, once you start reading you can't stop because of the immediate emotional investment in the characters. The book inherently relays experiences of racism, s*xism, and classism without being inaccessible and too heavy a theory. Fun Fact, the WGST copy is signed by Gloria Naylor!”

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Join us this coming Monday, February 26th at 11:00am for our annual Sojourner Truth Lecture with Rokhaya Diallo! Join us in-person at Merton 1201 or online via the following Zoom link: https://tinyurl.com/stlgmu. Register on Mason360: https://cglink.me/2d7/r2263620.

Alt-Text: Text Reads: “Rokhaya Diallo is a French journalist, writer and award winning filmmaker, widely recognized for her work in favor of racial and gender equality. Her tireless activism has made her ‘one of France’s most prominent anti-racism activist’ according to the New York Times.” “When: Monday, February 26th, 2024. Time: Lecture: 11:00am-12:15pm. Lunch conversation with faculty & students: 12:45a-1:30pm. Faculty only: 1:30-2:30pm. Where: Merten 1201.” Image includes a headshot of Rokhaya Diallo.

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Attention Mason community: we are offering Intersectionality 101 Training again! There will be two virtual workshops that are open to all students and staff. As advocates for social justice, we must acknowledge how our identities influence our ways of thinking. During the workshop, theories of intersectionality will be utilized to facilitate open discussions and increase participant self-awareness. Register on Mason360!

[Alt text: An image promoting two upcoming virtual dates for Intersectionality 101 Training. The dates are March 13 from 4:30pm-7pm and April 19 from 2:30pm-5pm. Register on Mason360 for more information and for access to the Zoom links. March 13 registration: https://buff.ly/3SIzTy8. April 19 registration: https://buff.ly/3SCKGty]

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ONLY 2 DAYS AWAY! Empowering Equality: Expert Voices on the Equal Rights Amendment
Sponsored by Women and Gender Studies and the Gender and Policy Center
Join us for Pizza and a Panel Discussion!

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Campus Partners:
Mason's LGBTQ Resources Center
NextGen at Mason
League of Women Voters at Mason
National Organization for Women Campus Action Network at GMU

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Moderator:
Bonnie Stabile, Director of Gender and Policy (GAP) Center and Associate Professor

Panelists:
Eileen Davis, ERA Activist and Advocate
Ella Duncan-High, Generation Ratify, National Organizing Director
Amy Hinojosa, President and CEO, MANA, A National Latina Organization
Zakiya Thomas, President & CEO, ERA Coalition and ERA Coalition Forward

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You are invited to join a thought-provoking panel discussion on the Equal Rights Amendment hosted by Women and Gender Studies (WGST) and the Gender and Policy (GAP) Center. This event aims to foster an insightful conversation on the significance and implications of the ERA in the contexts of gender equality, physical autonomy, and LGBTQ+ rights.

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Empowering Equality: Expert Voices on the Equal Rights Amendment
Sponsored by Women and Gender Studies and the Gender and Policy Center
Join us for Pizza and a Panel Discussion!

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Moderator:
Bonnie Stabile, Director of Gender and Policy (GAP) Center and Associate Professor

Panelists:
Eileen Davis, ERA Activist and Advocate
Ella Duncan-High, Generation Ratify, National Organizing Director
Amy Hinojosa, President and CEO, MANA, A National Latina Organization
Zakiya Thomas, President & CEO, ERA Coalition and ERA Coalition Forward

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You are invited to join a thought-provoking panel discussion on the Equal Rights Amendment hosted by Women and Gender Studies (WGST) and the Gender and Policy (GAP) Center. This event aims to foster an insightful conversation on the significance and implications of the ERA in the contexts of gender equality, physical autonomy, and LGBTQ+ rights.

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Round two of Staff Picks! In this week's Library Highlight, we want to shed light on authors and stories from the African Diaspora in celebration of Black History Month. Please stop by room JC 240K to check these books out and so much more! Stay tuned for next week!

Alt Text: First image has a cream background and text reads, Will: Program Advisor. "In The Woman Next Door, author Yewande Omotoso’s empathetic story explores two older women finding similarities between their initial differences while offering a broader commentary on South Africa. It’s also on the WMST 630/890: Feminist Theories syllabi!" There is a Polaroid frame with a picture of a book and text underneath reads, The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso. PR9369.4.O567W66 2017
Second image has a cream background and text reads, Gray, Center Mentor. “I recommend reading Dark Mother: African Origins and Godmothers by Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum. I chose this due to the cultural and historical importance of the dark mother figure across the African Diaspora. Birnbaum explores this monumental figure from prehistoric times to her contemporary representations from a feminist lens.” There is a Polaroid frame with a picture of a book and text underneath reads, Dark Mother: African Origins and Godmothers. BT670.B55

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Join us on Valentine's Day to learn more about the Women and Gender Studies Center and get free candy!

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WGST want to celebrate Black History by highlighting

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Come to room 240k to enjoy a presentation about Q***r Authors and Literature to enhance your knowledge!

Sign up VIA: https://buff.ly/3HCg0U5
Alt Text: Grey background with read lettering of the event time and date. "February 1st, 4:00-5:30 pm" Activities such as Blackout poetry and a game of Kahoot will presented as well as snacks and tea.

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Come to room 240k to enjoy a presentation about Q***r Authors and Literature to enhance your knowledge!

Alt Text: Grey background with read lettering of the event time and date. "February 1st, 4:00-5:30 pm" Activities such as Blackout poetry and a game of Kahoot will presented as well as snacks and tea.

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Welcome back! This semester, the Women and Gender Studies Center will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit us on the second floor of the JC in Room 240K!

Alt Text: Pale background with floral pattern. Text reads “WGST Center Hours Spring 2024 Monday - Friday 9. A.m. - 6 p.m.”

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Looking to connect and build community all while enjoying delicious food? Look no further than WGST's Welcome Back Brunch. Happening tomorrow, January 17th, 10 am- 1pm in JC 240K! Sign up on Mason360! https://buff.ly/47I012l

Alt Text- Image has a light lilac background with flower details and text reads: Welcome Back Brunch. 17 January 2023, 10 am- 1 pm. JC 240K (WGST Center).

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As you're preparing for the upcoming semester, please remember to mark your calendars for WGST's Welcome Back Brunch on January 17th, 10 am- 1pm in JC 240K! Sign up on Mason360! https://buff.ly/47I012l

Alt Text- Image has a light lilac background with flower details and text reads: Welcome Back Brunch. 17 January 2023, 10 am- 1 pm. JC 240K (WGST Center).

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To ring in the Spring 2024 semester, WGST will host our Welcome Back Brunch on January 17th, 10 am- 1 pm in JC 240K. Spread the word and sign up on Mason360! https://buff.ly/47I012l

Alt Text- Image has a light lilac background with flower details and text reads: Welcome Back Brunch. 17 January 2023, 10 am- 1 pm. JC 240K (WGST Center).

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Spring 2024 course alert! WMST 402: Q***r Theory is a course that examines the inconsistencies and erasures that often characterize notions of s*x, gender, s*xuality, and s*xual desire. Sign up on Patriot Web!

Alt Text- Image has a blue background with rainbow details and text reads: Spring 2024, WMST 402-DL6 Q***r Theory. Tuesday 4:30-7:10 pm, online. Instructor Rachel Lewis. Questions? Contact [email protected]

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Undergrads! Need a class to complete your Mason Core for next semester? Consider adding WMST 100: Global Representations of Women and WMST 208: Intro to LGBTQ Studies. Sign up on Patriot Web!

Alt Text: Image has a light pink background and text reads Global Representations of Women, WMST 100. Section 004: Instructor TBD Mon. & Wed. 12pm-1:15pm In-person. Section 005: Instructor TBD Thurs. 3pm-4:15pm In-person. Section DL5: Rachel Lewis Online asynchronous. Questions? Email [email protected]. Second image has a light salmon background with text reading; WMST 208: Introduction of LGBTQ Studies. In-Person Tuesday and Thursday 1:30 to 2:45 pm. Instructor: David Powers Corwin. Questions? Contact [email protected].

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Thank you to everyone that participated in our World AIDs Day event. We hope you left having learned something new!

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Image one: Image one is thanking guests for participating in World AIDs Day
Image two: The Women and Gender studies booth had books from our library, along with a Jeopardy activity to learn more about historical figures and events, resources, and current available programs.
Image three: Student Health Services had three people present to utilize a spin the wheel activity, along with supplementary protection supplies.
Image four: Students are gathered in front of the African and African American Studies booth to participate in their activity.
Image five: A professor had a booth dedicated to artwork relating to the AIDs Crisis
Image six: LGBTQ Resources office had two representatives with a posterboard titled "World AIDs Day". They also used videos to serve as education materials.
Image seven: Two images of the pizzas provided for completing all the activities

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(1) Join us today from 11:30 am - 2 pm in JC George's 321 for World AIDS Day for "Community in Crisis: A Spotlight on Resilience". WGST and community partners will have free pizza, optional HIV registration, trivia questions, and more! Continue on for HIV/AIDS Library Highlights.

(2) Title "Love Alone: Eighteen Elegies for Rog" with description "Paul Monette | 1988". QR code to https://buff.ly/47xV1xb.

(3) Title "Poets for Life: Seventy-Six Poets Respond to AIDS" with description "Michael Klein | 1992". QR code to https://buff.ly/3RiHNOX.

(4) Title "Positive Women: Voices of Women Living with AIDS" with description "Andrea Rudd & Darien Taylor | 1992". QR code to https://buff.ly/3GgvFYJ.

(5) Title "Against Nature: Essays on History, Sexuality, & Identity" with description "Jeffrey Weeks | 1991". QR code to https://buff.ly/3RjdMyD.

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How much do you really know about the HIV/AIDs global crisis? Want to expand your knowledge? Come to JC's Georges in room 321 to participate in this event.

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Blue background with bubbles around listing activities such as "Free Pizza, Trivia, and optional HIV registration" on November 30th from 11:30 to 2:00 pm at the Johnson Center's Georges in room 321

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Head to JC 240K this WEDNESDAY to celebrate friendships and chosen families in a space to prepare for finals! Students can sit anywhere and play with fidget toys while they work (+ free brochures/resources).

Alt text: Title "Study with Buddies!" with details "29 NOV | 3-5 PM".

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Join us NEXT WEEK to celebrate friendships and chosen families in a space to prepare for finals! Students can sit anywhere and play with fidget toys while they work (+ free brochures/resources).

Alt text: Title "Study with Buddies!" with details "29 NOV | 3-5 PM" and "JC 240K".

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This week, we are highlighting indigenous voices and perspectives in our library! Stop by anytime the center is open to check out one of these books.

Alt text: This post contains images and brief descriptions of the following books: "Almanac of the Dead" by Leslie Marmon Silko, "Ceremony" by Leslie Marmon Silko, "I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala" by Elisabeth Burgos-Debray, "Flight" by Sherman Alexie, and "Dancing on the Rim of the World" by Andrea Lerner.

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Sincerest thank you to everyone who joined us for Beyond the Book Club last week as we discussed Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe! It was incredible to be in community with you all and we look forward to what's to come. Please stay tuned for the next meeting date for the Spring 2024 semester!

Alt text: The image is a purple background with lilac flower details and the text reads: Thank you for attending the first meeting of Beyond the Book Club!

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The Women and Gender Studies Center is closed for the break. We will reopen on Monday, November 27.

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Our Story

The Women and Gender Studies programs at Mason are designed to give you a firm grounding in the theory and methodology of gender and help you better understand people, the relationships between s*x and gender, the impact of s*x, race, class, disability and s*xual orientation, gender identity and more.

Connect with a research-minded faculty that will lead your exploration through an intersectional lens of topics such as women’s roles in social, political and economic life, women’s roles in history, women and the media, feminist theory and q***r theory. Acquire the tools to envision other alternatives to conventional stereotypes.

We offer a Women and Gender Studies undergraduate major as well as an 18-credit undergraduate minor, and an 18-credit minor in LGBTQ Studies. Our graduate programs include 15-credit graduate Certificate and a 36-credit Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Women and Gender Studies.

In the The Women and Gender Studies Center – a coalition that bridges academic coursework with student development, leadership and team building – you can get involved with many events, research opportunities and community activism.

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