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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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    2015 Graduation

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  • Men in Gender Studies

    Enroll in WGST 170

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    2015 Graduation

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  • 2015 Graduation

    2015 Graduation

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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.)

August 6, 1926 - Ruth C. Wood, a WVU student in 1890, became first woman in Monongalia County nominated for House of Delegates.
August 9, 1972 - Title IX ensures equal funding for both male and female sports in schools.


Deadline March 17

These scholarships are being offered for the 2016-17 academic year:

  • Carrie Koeturius Scholarship for Returning Women Students 
  • Sally Lowther Norris Showalter Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Related Disciplines
  • Winifred South Knutti Graduate Scholarship in Women's Studies
  • Velma Miller/West Virginia Alliance for Women's & Gender Studies Graduate Scholar Award
  • Alma & Claude Rowe Excellence through Equity Award
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Apply now!

The Center for Women's & Gender Studies is accepting applications for graduate teaching assistants for the academic year 2016-17.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is Monday, March 14, 2016.

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