Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the George Washington University

George Washington University's Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program emphasizes intersectio

Since its inception in 1972, the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program has been a leader and innovator as an interdisciplinary program offering an undergraduate major and minor as well as several graduate degrees. The curriculum brings together scholarship on women in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Students in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies' courses are enc

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Interested in feminist theory? Structures of power and inequity? Transnational and global feminisms, public policy, and/or intersectionality? Join today's information session at 12pm EST to learn more about George Washington's Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) program! There is still time to register: https://buff.ly/3SrjNZE

The first graduate program in women’s studies in the United States, the WGSS Program at GW University has been a leader in the field since 1972. Housed in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, our offerings include graduate, certificate, and combined degree options.



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📣 We are exactly two weeks away from our next “Pop Culture Tea Time” event! Join us on Fri., Dec. 1st for our student-led discussion on the Taylor Swift The Eras Tour and Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour 🤩! RSVP at https://buff.ly/3G3qPh9

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HAPPENING TODAY! Join us later today to hear from WGSS student Stephanie Spector, WGSS alum Breya Johnson, and attorney Abigail Burman for our "Access to Reproductive Healthcare in the Post-Dobbs U.S." event! There is still time to RSVP at https://buff.ly/3SvvqjG

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HAPPENING THIS WEEK! We hope to see you at our upcoming event featuring WGSS student Stephanie Spector, WGSS alum Breya Johnson, and attorney Abigail Burman for our "Access to Reproductive Healthcare in the Post-Dobbs U.S." event!



Fifteen months after the Dobbs V Jackson decision, we present a panel on how activists, state legislatures, and organizations are responding to it. Our goal is to share resources and information about the new and shifting landscape.



See the below event flyer for more information on the speakers and RSVP today at https://buff.ly/3SvvqjG


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Thinking of applying to a PhD program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS)? Curious about what applying to a PhD program involves? Come listen to Professor Tambe provide tips and pose your questions!



"See" you tomorrow, November 3rd, from 4:30-5:30pm!



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Last Saturday we celebrated our undergraduate and graduate class of 2023! We are very proud of the many accomplishments our students have had during their time in the WGSS program and wish them well for their post-graduation plans!

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Happening Tomorrow -- we are congratulating a WGSS alum, Dr. Kelly Jacobson, for her book event at Little District Books for her new q***r novel "Robin and Her Misfits?" Register for this event today: https://buff.ly/3nXbIAp!

Dr. Jacobson is the author or editor of many published books, including,
most recently, her young adult novel "Tink and Wendy" (Three Rooms Press),
winner of the 2021 "Foreword" INDIES Gold Medal for Young Adult Fiction and her
contest-winning chapbook "An Inventory of Abandoned Things" (Split/Lip Press).
Kelly’s short fiction has been published in such places as "Best Small Fictions,"
"Daily Science Fiction," "Northern Virginia Review," "Iron Horse Literary Review," "New
Plains Review," and "Gargoyle." Kelly is currently an Assistant Professor of English at University of Lynchburg.


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What a great time we had celebrating 50 years at GW earlier this month! We kicked off this celebration with Professors Clare Hemmings and Jennifer Nash who spoke about the rise of global right-wing attacks on what they call gender ideology and specifically anti-trans initiatives, and the range of feminist responses, and discussed the relationship between public writing and academic theory in two arenas, respectively.
Past directors of the program also gathered to reflect on their time as Director of the WGSS program.The directors described WGSS as a home for impactful, relevant conversation and activism on topics from feminist theory to inequalities in policy and power structures.
We ended our celebration with an Alumni Lunch Reception that also featured an open mic for remarks about retiring facutly Professors Cindy Deitch and Dan Moshenberg. Alums and current students and faculty touchingly celebrated Professors Deitch's and Moshenberg's ability to inspire and guide them and their skills to build the institutional strengths of WGSS at GWU.
Image #1 Caption: Former WGSS directors (from left to right) Dan Moshenberg, Jennifer Nash, Cindy Deitch and Kavita Daiya joined current director Ashwini Tambe at the program’s 50th anniversary symposium/ Image Credit: William Atkins/GW Today
Images #2--3 Caption: WGSS community and affiliated faculty at Alumni Lunch Reception/Image Credit: Zhangzhu Wan/WGSS Student

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HAPPENING TODAY - Support your fellow WGSS peers at today's WGSS Graduate Capstone Symposium from 5-8pm in MPA 309 🥳! Designed to showcase the vast topics our MA students undertake in WGSS research, we look forward to hearing about our students’ research work and their findings for the field. See the flyer for this year's topics.

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On Monday, March 27th, we congratulated Professor Deitch for receiving the first inaugural Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) DEI Trailblazer Award! Many thanks to colleagues of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, Africana Studies, Philosophy, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, and the WGSS' current student/faculty and alumni community and alums who attended to help celebrate Professor Deitch.

Our celebration continues with our 50th Anniversary Symposium happening TOMORROW from 10AM-2PM. We are excited to feature Professors Clare Hemmings (London School of Economics) and Jennifer Nash (Duke University) for our Yulee sponsored panel, "State of the Field," at 10AM and to also feature current and former WGSS directors: Dan Moshenberg, Cindy Deitch, Kavita Daiya, Nemata Blyden, Jennifer Nash, Barbara Miller, and Ashwini Tambe at 11:45AM. We will conclude the 50th Anniversary Symposium with an Alumni Lunch Reception from 1-2PM to share WGSS memories and to celebrating Professor Daniel Moshenberg, who, like Professor Deitch, is retiring at the end of this semester.

Haven't RSVP'd yet? Do so now at https://buff.ly/3mwKcZT!



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Summer 2023 registration is open! Consider enrolling in WGSS 2125 (CRN 52770) Varieties of Feminist Theory! This class meets during summer session I (May 22 - July 1). Students explore classical and contemporary texts on feminist explanations of women’s status. relationships within the sex/gender system and arrangements based on class and race, and evaluation, through the lens of feminist theory, of several academic disciplines in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. See the flyer for more details!


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We hope to see you at the Alumni Lunch Reception on April 14th from 1-2pm. The RSVP deadline is today. We will also devote a portion of this time to celebrating Professor Daniel Moshenberg, who, like Professor Deitch, is retiring at the end of this semester. Current GW students/faculty are also welcome to join. RSVP via email!

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Happy International Women's Day! It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.

We hope you will join today's virtual event from 7-8pm: "What’s Next?: The Future of Reproductive Justice and Church and State Separation.” This event will be moderated by WGSS undergraduate student Evelyn Boateng-Ade and featuring speakers Alicia Johnson (Americans United for Separation of Church and State) and Jeryl Hayes (Lawyering for Reproductive Justice).

There is still time to register: https://buff.ly/3IBLWrJ.

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For , we are shouting out our Professor Eiko Strader for her recent co-authored article "Beyond social equity: Talking social justice in public administration" 🥳 ! The article is a call to discuss social justice in the field of public administration. Check out the full article: https://buff.ly/3kMdjaW

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On Monday, March 27th, as part of Women's History Month, WGSS is proud to celebrate Professor Deitch as the inaugural recipient of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) award honoring women who have contributed to diversity, equity, and inclusion at GWU. This celebratory luncheon will take place in-person in the Elliott School in the State Room (1957 E St NW, Washington, DC 20052).

Registration is required! Email the WGSS Office to RSVP. Registrations will be accepted through March 17th.

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We are excited to co-host a virtual event called “What’s Next?: The Future of Reproductive Justice and Church and State Separation” on March 8th! This event will be moderated by WGSS undergraduate student Evelyn Boateng-Ade and featured speakers are Alicia Johnson (Americans United for Separation of Church and State) and Jeryl Hayes (Lawyering for Reproductive Justice).
The speakers will be followed by a discussion session where participants can pose their questions to the speakers and audience members to emphasize the importance of collaborative community activism.
You must register to receive the virtualconnection details:
https://buff.ly/3IBLWrJ

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Happy Black History Month! This year's theme is "Black Resistance." We celebrate Black feminists who are making history everyday. Black Women Radicals shared a list of readings/videos that highlight community activism and building. Take a look: https://buff.ly/3m0JEuL.

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Open to the GW community -- join us next Thursday, February 2nd from 6-7pm EST on Zoom as we continue celebrating of our 50th anniversary at GW! We will hear from Professors Lila Abu-Lughd and Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian who will speak on "Gender, Violence, and the Geopolitics of Feminism." See the flyer below for more details on these speakers and don't forget to register at https://buff.ly/3HxXnkZ and invite a friend!


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Interested in transnational and global feminisms? Public policy? What about media and visual culture? We can't wait to have your in our classrooms! WGSS at GWU is the country's oldest graduate program of its kind, with a strong global focus. Our prority deadline to apply for a WGSS MA degree at GW is quickly approaching! Check out more details about our MA programs and how to apply to start your graduate career: https://buff.ly/39OMk4O.


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Tomorrow, December 10th, is Human Rights Day! This year is the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was codified by the United Nations in 1948. Additionally, this year's theme is "dignity, freedom, and justice for all." The UN hopes that this theme will shed light on current human rights violations and ongoing global problems such as pandemics, exploding inequalities, racism, and climate change.

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Today is Pansexual and Panromantic Pride Day! Today is a day to celebrate and recognize members of these communities. Pansexuality is a sexual orientation that is defined as having the potential for emotional, romantic, or sexual attraction to people of any gender.

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December is HIV/AIDS awareness month. Today we want to remind everyone about the importance of getting tested regularly. Receiving an early diagnosis of HIV can dramatically reduce the risk of transmitting the virus. GetCheckedDC provides free at-home and walk-in HIV and other STI testing to all DC residents!

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Every year on December 6th, Canada celebrates their National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. It has been over 30 years since the murder of 14 young women at Polytechnique Montréal, a misogynistic act of violence, which led to the establishment of this day. This day serves as a time to mourn the lives lost to this violent act, as well as to reaffirm the importance of continuing to fight against the misogynistic beliefs and stereotypes still present in our society. It is also a reminder to believe and support survivors of gender-based violence.

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December is Universal Human Rights Month, which was created by the United Nations as a reminder that they codified the basic human rights of every person in 1948. Some ways that you can observe Universal Human Rights Month are by rereading the Universal Declaration of Human Rights or volunteering for a cause you're passionate about. This month is also an important reminder to stand up against inequalities in your everyday life.

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Today is International Abolition of Slavery Day. This year it is important to bring awareness to the fact that modern slavery is on the rise, most often in the form of forced labor and forced marriage. Modern slavery is used as an umbrella term covering practices such as forced labor, debt bo***ge, forced marriage, and human trafficking. Modern slavery occurs in almost every country in the world and cuts across ethnic, cultural, and religious lines. More than half (52 percent ) of all forced labor and a quarter of all forced marriages can be found in upper-middle-income or high-income countries.

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Today is , a day to come together to end the HIV epidemic across the globe. Although AIDS-related deaths have declined in recent years, the epidemic still killed 680,000 people in 2020. Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a chronic and potentially life-threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV attacks the immune system, weakening it to the point where it cannot fight infections. According to UNAIDS, there were 37.7 million people living with HIV around the world as of 2020. Some 1.5 million people were infected with HIV in 2020 according to the World Health Organization (WHO). While progress has been made over the years, there is still more to be done to protect the most vulnerable populations.

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Welcome back from break! In the last few weeks of the semester, we encourage you all to practice time management skills and prioritize self care to end off the semester strong. Share with us what practices you will be utilizing as we approach finals season below!

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For , we are sharing a Native American leader and trailblazer for women's rights and advocacy. Susan La Flesche Picotte (Omaha) broke barriers as a woman doctor in the 19th century. She was born and raised on Nebraska's Omaha reservation. At age 14, she left home to continue her schooling, attending the Elizabeth Institute in New Jersey and later the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute in Virginia (now Hampton University). She continued her education at the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania. She graduated a year early and first in her class. At age 24, she returned home and became the only doctor for more than 1,200 people across more than 400 miles. She made house calls on horseback and later by buggy. After she married Henry Picotte and had two sons, she sometimes brought her children with her on house calls. Towards the end of her life, she solicited enough donations to open a hospital on the reservation in Walthill, Nebraska.

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Image Description: Portrait of Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte (Omaha)

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Thank you to all who joined us for one of our WGSS 50th Anniversary Celebration events: "Careers in Gender and Representation." We heard from WGSS alum speakers Sharon Rogers ('96) and Priya Purandare ('09), who both discussed their career paths and how their positionality impacted their experiences. They also both discussed how their WGSS degrees shaped their careers and way of thinking. Sharon Rogers emphasized the importance of mentoring relationships, as well as not staying in a job that you are unhappy or underpaid in. Priya Purandare discussed how her WGSS degree is still of use to her today, as she leads conversations about gender in her position as Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Students celebrated the 50th anniversary with cake and pizza afterwards with the guests.

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Image Description: Speakers and attendees of "Careers in Gender and Representation" event

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For , in the words of self-described “black, le***an, mother, warrior, poet" Audre Lord, utilize self care as political warfare as we wrap up the semester and head towards the holiday season!

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