Gender and Women's Studies

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Dr. Meave Leakey giving the Carlson Lecture on Tuesday, 9/26, titled “Milestones in the Story of Us: Why, When, and How did We Come to Be?” as part of the Honors Colloquium.



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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 Senior Capstone Projects


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


Professor Donna Hughes and her students presenting their findings from the publication

ÔÇťAnalysis of Human Trafficking in RI, 2009-2013″


Summer 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses


Professor breaks ground with journal on sexual violence and exploitation: The Good 5 Cent Gigar

GWS Professor Donna Hughes launches the first academic journal on global exploitation. Check it out!

GWS to launch minor in Queer Studies!

2018 Honors Colloquium, "Empowering All: Women, Gender, and Action"- Director Rosaria Pisa on Coordinating Committee

Director Rosaria Pisa Contributes to Panel Discussion on Moonlight

GWS 320 Students Engage in Activism on Campus

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