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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. Known for its interdisciplinary, innovative approach, the 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 — experiences that can only be found in the nation's capital.


COVID-19 Resources & Updates


Paul Seltzer, BA '13, WGSS

Paul Seltzer

BA '13

"Through rigorous classes, brilliant faculty and supportive community, I learned not only how to critique the world around me as a feminist, but also how to implement change. I have used the knowledge I gained in WGSS every day of my life since graduation."

Our Highlights

CCAS Professor Kavita Daiya with her daughters Maya, 8, and Riya, 13.

GW All Access: Kavita Daiya

WGSS Program Director Kavita Daiya is reinventing her “A Study of Women and Media” course to explore activist movements and inequalities highlighted by the pandemic.

Statement on Current Protests and Racial Injustice

The WGSS community remains firmly committed to the feminist principles of justice, liberation, and solidarity. We are clear-eyed about the fact that there is only one righteous path before us. We write to reaffirm our commitment to the Movement for Black Lives and to the fight for racial justice the world over.

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