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Center for Women's and Gender Studies

  • Women Portrayed in Film

    WMST 150 Students watch movies and learn why representations in gender matter.

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  • Men in Gender Studies

    Enroll in WGST 170

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  • LGBTQ+ Center now open

    G06 Hodges Hall

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What is Women’s & Gender Studies?

Women’s & Gender Studies examines the contributions, perspectives, experiences, roles, and status of women and men within an historical and multicultural framework. Challenging stereotypes, our students explore the ways gender, socioeconomic class, sexual identity, race, ethnicity and age shape experience.  Students are encouraged to explore female behavior and the realities of women’s lives, and to examine how femininity and masculinity are socially and culturally molded rather than determined by biology alone.

Our Mission

The Center for Women’s & Gender Studies at West Virginia University is dedicated to the mission of creating, evaluating, and disseminating knowledge based on feminist scholarship. We recognize diverse approaches to gender studies and the intersection of gender with other social identities such as class, race, sexual orientation, ability, age, and ethnicity in all that we do. We are committed to expanding access to education about women beyond the classrooms and campuses of West Virginia University and do so connecting the people of our state and region to sources of feminist scholarship worldwide. We accomplish our mission as a program within the WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, while pursuing a unique university-wide mission.

(Note: “University” means the Morgantown and regional campuses of West Virginia University.)

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Join the Celebration

May 2016 marked the 125th anniversary of the graduation of the first woman to earn a degree at West Virginia University.  The Center for Women's & Gender Studies, in conjunction with other WVU agencies, is celebrating this anniversary with a number of events.

  • Oct. 20: Join us at Lyon Tower to mark the achievements of Harriet Lyon (for whom the Tower is named) and the other pioneering women of WVU, 
  • The time capsule which was buried in 1991 as part of   the WVU Women’s Centenary, was raised this spring and  will be reburied with additional materials on November 2 (Note change of date).
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