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From symposia to film screenings and lecture events featuring internationally renowned scholars, there are plenty of opportunities to connect with fellow students, faculty, and alumni in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) network.

Our program is a gathering place for dynamic and cutting-edge conversations in the gender and sexuality studies community in Washington, D.C.


WGSS Students and faculty speaking at the undergraduate mixerPictured: WGSS Director Kavita Daiya with students at the March 2019 Open House for Undergraduates



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Recent WGSS Events

  • Brown Bag Lunch Featuring Dr. Nemata Blyden
    Dr. Nemata Blyden (HIST) at our second BBL

    Brown Bag Lunch Featuring Dr. Nemata Blyden

    For our second Brown Bag Lunch on Tuesday, October 29, we heard from Dr. Nemata Blyden, a Professor of GW's History department, on her new book African Americans and Africa: A New History (2019). 

  • Brown Bag Lunch Featuring Dr. Jameta Barlow and Dr. Katina Sawyer
    Dr. Jameta Barlow (UW), Dr. Kavita Daiya (WGSS), and Dr. Katina Sawyer (GWSB)

    Brown Bag Lunch Featuring Dr. Jameta Barlow and Dr. Katina Sawyer

    On Wednesday, October 2, WGSS was excited to host Dr. Katina Sawyer from GW's School of Business to discuss "All That We Are and Hope to Be: Understanding Experiences of Trauma and Stigma Associated with Commercial Sex Work" and Dr.

  • WGSS Halloween Presentation
    Dr. Kelly Pemberton and attendees of the WGSS Halloween event

    WGSS Halloween Presentation

    This Halloween season, we celebrsted by hearing Dr. Kelly Pemberton speak about the persecution of witches.

    Pictured (left to right): Tatiana Ruiz, Michelle Nguyen, Allyn Parrish, Kelly Pemberton, Faith Alaniz, Elisa Heng, Evelyn Boateng-Ade

  • Alumni Speaker Series March 2019
    Poster promotion for the WGSS' March 20, 2019 Alumni Speaker Series

    Alumni Speaker Series March 2019

    The March 20, 2019 WGSS Alumni Speaker Series featured Andrea Pagano-Reyes (RAINN), Layla Moughari (U.S. Government Accountability Office), and Kate Black (U.S. Federal Government).

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  • Alumni Speaker Series September 2018
    Poster for the September 2018 Alumni Speaker Series

    Alumni Speaker Series September 2018

    The September 17, 2018 WGSS Alumni Speaker Series featured Silvia Henriquez (All* Above All), Susan Markham (Smash Strategies), and Chitra Panjabi (Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States).

  • Brown Bag Lunch Featuring Dr. Ivy Ken
    Left to Right: Dr. Kavita Daiya, Dr. Ivy Ken, and Dr. Cynthia Deitch

    Brown Bag Lunch Featuring Dr. Ivy Ken

    On December 4th, WGSS featured Dr. Ivy Ken, a Professor of GW's Sociology department, on her research and findings on the theory of "intersectionality" and the scholars from The Memphis School.


Department News

Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Public Policy Eiko Strader

Research on Immigrants Named Nation's Top Dissertation

A socioeconomic study on earning inequality by Eiko Strader, a professor of women's, gender, and sexuality studies and public policy, earned her the 2018 Distinguished Dissertation Award — the Council of Graduate Schools’ top honor for scholarly excellence.

Kavita Daiya, associate professor of English and director of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.

WGSS Director Organized Impromptu #MeToo Teach-in

In the wake of the Justice Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings that distressed many members of the campus community, WGSS Program Director Kavita Daiya helped organize an impromptu “teach-in” outside her office. Faculty and students gathered to share their frustrations, hopes and next steps for the #MeToo movement.

Members of Rape Crisis of Cape Town Trust

Students Help Sexual Violence Survivors in Cape Town

Undergraduate students Ariella Neckritz (BA ’16) and Shakti Naidoo (BA ’15) interned at the Rape Crisis center while studying abroad in Cape Town. During the internship, the students held discussion-based seminars with local teens about rape and gender equality and learned to develop effective support models for survivors. The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity was made possible by a WGSS Program partnership with the crisis center.