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A global Approach to Gender and Sexuality
Challenging inequity through cross-disciplinary,
intersectional scholarship


Who We Are

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The first graduate program in women’s studies in the United States, the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Program has been a leader in the field since 1972. Today, our offerings include undergraduate, graduate and combined degree options.

Known for our interdisciplinary, innovative approach, the WGSS Program bridges the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences through the study of topics relating to gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity and nationality.

Students analyze feminist theory and cross-cultural perspectives, examine historical trends and religious practices, explore policy and power structures and develop theories and methods for challenging inequality and re-imagining social justice. Beyond the classroom, students have access to unique networking events, research experiences and internship opportunities in Washington, D.C.


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Ragini Sharma, BA '21, WGSS

Ragini Sharma

BA '21

"The decision to take on WGSS as a second major was the most importat moment of my undergraduate career. I am incredibly humbled to have learned from our department's wonderful professors and students in my last three semesters at GW."


Highlights From WGSS

WGSS Director Ashwini Tambe Gives A Book Talk on Transnational Feminist Itineraries

Thank you to all who joined WGSS Director Dr. Ashwini Tambe for the second event in the virtual launch series for her newest book Transnational Feminist Itineraries: Situating Theory and Activist Practice (Duke University Press, 2021). This event featured scholars and activists from Southern Africa, India, and the United States, who demonstrated the ongoing importance of transnational feminism in challenging the rise of authoritarian nationalisms and caste-based oppression.

Fall Talks and Panels

We have been hosting a three part series of events focused on the topic of reproductive justice. Our first event was titled "Abortion Access in the US: What is its History and What Needs to be Changed?" Our second event, led by Dr. Sherie Randolph, was titled "Black Feminist Leadership For Reproductive Rights: Flo Kennedy's Legacy." Finally, our third event that is coming up on November 8th is titled "Reproductive Reconceived: Family Making and the Limits of Choice After Roe v. Wade," and you can register to attend this event now. We also recently heard an amazing talk from Dr. Wazhmah Osman, titled "Saving Afghan Women Again? Decolonizing Afghan Women's Lives and Rights."


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