Women's and Gender Studies Program

The Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) program at Washington and Lee University offers students both the opportunity to complete a multi-disciplinary minor in feminist and gender studies, and a stimulating co-curricular environment in which to develop as intellectual and community leaders. Founded in 2001, the WGS is a vibrant academic program that links the classroom with the world and offers the theoretical basis for activism and social change.

A demanding introductory course and disciplinary distribution requirements give all students a sound theoretical orientation to defining and articulating concepts and practices in Women's and Gender Studies, while diverse course offerings from professors in disciplines that range from psychology to English, from Romance languages to political science, philosophy to sociology and anthropology, make it easy for students to draw connections between their major fields of studies and the evolving work of gender scholars. Our faculty encourages students to see their studies as relevant to their everyday lives and important for understanding and responding to social justice issues. Students do just that--in a math student's investigation into why so few women study math in college, in a fraternity member's paper analyzing how his fraternity brothers' drinking habits shape male privilege, or in a missionary's daughter's attempt to better understand how a feminist might read the Bible.

The flexible Women's and Gender Studies capstone requirement allows students to pursue their particular interests with the kind of intensity that turns classroom competence into an abiding passion.

Do you want to make audiences laugh with women's humor? Or challenge the ways in which media images invade our consciousness and control our bodies? Study women artists or find out how women changed history? Want to learn how we might get more diverse elected officials, and figure out why homophobia is still part of public policy? Or write a poem that moves its readers to action against sexist oppression? Join us. That's what we do.

Volunteer at Project Horizon

Located in Lexington, Project Horizon has volunteer/internships available for students interested in supporting clients and gaining non-profit experience. Learn more on our Opportunities for Students page.

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News & Announcements

Caroline Osella

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Caroline Osella to Lecture in Global Fellows Seminar

Caroline Osella, a reader in anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, will lecture at W&L as part of the Winter 2016 Global Fellows Seminar: Tradition and Change in the Middle East and South Asia. Her talk will be Jan. 27, 2016, at 5 p.m. in Hillel 101.

miriam cooke

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Duke University Professor to Give Talk about Feminism in Islam

miriam cooke (sic), the Braxton Craven Professor of Arab Cultures and director of the Middle East Studies Center at Duke University, will give a talk at Washington and Lee University on Monday, Jan. 26, at 5 p.m. in the Hillel House.

Gender Action Group Blog

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Free the Nipple

Hey everyone! I wanted to share this link to the Free the Nipple Campaign’s website and get any feedback you all have before I talk to Kelsey Goodwin about doing a showing of the film on campus. Let me know what you think (about the movement, ideals, etc.). The documentary is on Netflix btw! What … Continue reading Free the Nipple

Monday, January 18, 2016

Yet Another (Af)Front

This iteration of misogyny might be especially interesting to you future docs on this blog. http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/comment/columns/dominiclawson/article1656813.ece

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Women’s Rights in the Dominican Republic

Perhaps we could brainstorm the possibility of collaborating to create a shadow report much like the one on Tanzania by Professor Bond and her students? https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2015/12/dominican-republic-takes-womens-rights-back-to-1884/

Monday, November 16, 2015

Early Marriage and Early Pregnancy and its Impact on Girls’ Education in Tanzania

Early Marriage and Early Pregnancy and its Impact on Girls’ Education in Tanzania  {Kindly submitted by Yasin Amba} On Wednesday, November 18th, third-year law students enrolled in Washington and Lee University School of Law’s International Human Rights Practicum will be presenting their findings from their recent human rights investigation trip to Tanzania. The course, taught … Continue reading Early Marriage and Early Pregnancy and its Impact on Girls’ Education in Tanzania