Alumni Outcomes

A strong background in analyzing and applying current gender and equity issues leads to a wide range of career opportunities, from public policy and law to nonprofit and government work. With unique connections to dozens of employers in the Washington, D.C., area, the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Program opens doors.

Our graduates are employed at social justice organizations and research centers around the country. Others go on to pursue advanced study in law, the humanities or the social sciences, while still others secure jobs in the government and private sectors.

Our supportive alumni community, also on LinkedIn, serves as an invaluable resource that advances our students' professional success.

The annual WGSS Alumni Speaker Series showcases the many accomplishments and diverse paths our alumni have taken through panel events open to the GW campus community.

Silvia Henriquez

"The program encourages students to get hands-on practical experience with D.C. nonprofits. I was able to network and meet professionals in the women's rights and advocacy sector."

Silvia Henriquez
MA '01



Recent Undergraduate Careers



Public Policy

  • Project Director, UNH Institute for Health Policy and Practice


  • Client Relations Firm, Pully Rinckey Law Firm

Public Health

  • Executive Director, Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care
  • Director of Federal Policy and Government, Bristol-Myers Squibb


  • Project Director, Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University
  • Director of Family Engagement and Philanthropy, Villanova University
  • Executive Director, Young Scholars Charter School



Social Justice

  • Project Director, Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University
  • Director of Family Engagement & Philantrophy, Villanova University
  • Admin Manager, Planned Parenthood
  • Executive Director, Yonug Scholars Charters School


  • Sales Manager, Louis Vuitton
  • Program Manager, Urban Strategies, Inc.

Politics and Government

  • Mayor, City of Antioch
  • Director of Policy, Office of Behavioral Health, Colorado Dep. off Human Services


More Undergraduate Alumni Outcomes


Recent Graduate Alumni Employers



  • American Association of University Women
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
  • Doorways for Women and Families
  • Front Range Community College
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Institute for Women's Policy Research
  • Justice Research and Statistics Association
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America



  • National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • U.S. Department of Housing
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Sewell-Belmont House and Museum
  • SmithBucklin
  • Victory Fund and Institute


More Graduate Alumni Outcomes


WGSS Career Resources


left to right: Susan Markham, Silvia Henriquez, Chitra Panjabi
Presenters at the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program’s 2018 Alumni Speaker Series included (left to right) Susan Markham, MA ’94; Silvia Henriquez, MA ’01; and Chitra Panjabi, MA ’10.



As the country’s oldest and one of the most respected programs of its kind, WGSS brings graduates wide-ranging professional connections and opportunities. Between the professional practicum, internship experiences, our faculty and alumni networks, students can begin career planning while pursuing their degree.

Attending university and WGSS events is an effective way to network with peers in the field and learn about potential career paths. WGSS hosts a variety of programming for the campus community all year long, including alumnae speakers and the popular annual Yulee Lecture.

We provide current professional networking opportunities and you can subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on social media to stay up to date on information.

"[Undergraduate WGSS students] Shakti and Ariella made huge contributions to keeping our doors open. Their [work] supported ideas like behavior-change communication strategies, tactics and campaigns that can help change public perceptions about rape, women and sex."

Kathleen Dey
Director of Rape Crisis
Cape Town, South Africa

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