Gender and Women's Studies

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The discipline of Gender and Women’s Studies has a vision of a world free from sexism. By necessity, freedom from sexism must include a commitment to freedom from national chauvinism; class, ethnic, racial, and heterosexual bias; economic exploitation; religious persecution; ageism; and ableism. Gender and Women’s Studies seeks to identify, understand, and challenge ideologies and institutions that knowingly or unknowingly oppress and exploit others, or deny fundamental human rights. Thus, Gender and Women’s Studies envisions a world in which all persons can develop their fullest potential.

Gender and Women’s Studies uses feminist and interdisciplinary methods to teach, conduct research, and expand existing bodies of knowledge. Critical thinking, the production of theory, and the assumption of community and global responsibility are integral to these methods. We are committed to deliberative processes that promote open expression and collaboration. Understanding the interrelationship between the personal and political, we support and promote feminist teaching, learning, research, scholarship, creative activity, and professional and community service.

GWS students Amy Leveque, and Alexis Piccirillo, with Professor Donna Hughes, presenting research findings at the Interdisciplinary Conferenceon Human Trafficking at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, October 2016.


GWS Open House, September 2016.

Fall 2016 Courses

Read our latest male response to GWS 150: Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies!

AAUW Fellowships and Grants

Community, Equity and Diversity at URI

Gender and Sexuality Center

Professor Donna Hughes and her students presenting their finding on “Analyzing Human Trafficking in RI, 2009-2013”.

Recent celebration for GWS Graduates and Honor Society inductees, hosted by Jenn Brandt, Jody Lisberger (far left) and Bola Akanji (far right)

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