Women and Gender Studies Program at George Mason University

Women and Gender Studies Program at George Mason University The mission of the Women and Gender Studies Center is to bridge academic coursework with student development, leadership, and coalition building.

Come Visit our Center throughout the week, for a cozy student space designed for studying, reading, and connecting with other students within WGST and across the university! We are designed to provide opportunities for intellectual, personal, and social inquiry and interrogation related to s*x; gender; gender identity/expression; s*xuality; intersections with race, ethnicity, class, (dis) ability,

age, nationality, immigration and citizenship status, and religion, through feminist, q***r and multiracial lenses, with a focus on global and transnational issues and public policy. We host lectures, offer student development opportunities, and participate in important programs such as Women's History Month and the Consent Carnival to raise awareness and promote a sense of community on campus. Learn more about our events, access some of our women and gender studies resources, and get involved by visiting us! Our program offers a major in Women and Gender Studies, as well as two minors: Women and Gender Studies and LGBTQ Studies. For graduate students, we offer a 15-credit graduate Certificate and a 36-credit Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Women and Gender Studies.

Attention grad students! If you are still looking for a class to take in Fall 2024, check out our Feminist Research Meth...
05/29/2024

Attention grad students! If you are still looking for a class to take in Fall 2024, check out our Feminist Research Methods course taught by professor Leah Adams. You can email her directly with any questions or to ask for further details: [email protected]. See all of our courses on our website: (https://buff.ly/4cUIdDZ).

Alt text: Sky blue background with a graphic of someone reading a book. There is also a pink notebook with a looking glass attached. Text on the flyer: "WMST 610: Feminist Research Methods" In a grey box the text reads "Fall 2024; Section 001; Innovation Hall 205; Tuesdays 4:30-7:10pm; Taught by Professor Leah Adams"

We hope your summer break is off to a good start! This summer, the WGST Center will be open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays f...
05/29/2024

We hope your summer break is off to a good start! This summer, the WGST Center will be open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. If you’re on campus, come visit us on the second floor of the JC in room 240K!

Alt-text: Teal background with seashell, starfish, and flower graphics. Text reads: “Summer 2024 Hours. Tuesday 10:00am-3:00pm. Wednesday 10:00am-3:00pm.

New Arrivals (3/3): Visit JC 240K to check out these books and more from WGST!1: Palestinian Voices in Non-Fiction. High...
05/09/2024

New Arrivals (3/3): Visit JC 240K to check out these books and more from WGST!

1: Palestinian Voices in Non-Fiction. Highlighted works are Q***r Palestine and the Empire of Critique by Sa’ed Atshan (HQ76.5.A87) and They Called Me a Lioness: A Palestinian Girl’s Fight for Freedom by Ahed Tamimi and Dena Takruri (DS110.W47 T35).

2: Non-Palestinian Perspectives on Palestinian Contexts. Highlighted works are Inextricably Bonded: Israeli Arab and Jewish Writers Re-visioning Culture by Rachel Feldhay Brenner (PJ5029.B74) and Eyes, Stones: Poems by Elana Bell (PS3602.E645448 E94).

3: Please scan the QR code to view our library catalog or visit https://buff.ly/3wltilW.

New Arrivals (2/3): Visit JC 240K to check out these books and more from WGST!1: Palestinian Voices in Fiction. Highligh...
05/08/2024

New Arrivals (2/3): Visit JC 240K to check out these books and more from WGST!

1: Palestinian Voices in Fiction. Highlighted works are A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum (PS3618.U564), Behind You is the Sea by Susan Muaddi Darraj, and Evil Eye by Etaf Rum (PS3618.U5645).

2: Palestinian Voices in Poetry. Highlighted works are The Moon that Turns You Back by Hala Alyan (NLC-ALYA), Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear by Musab Abu Toha (PR9570.P343), Birthright by George Abraham (PS3601.B678 B47), and ... by Fady Joudah (PS3610.O679).

3: Please scan the QR code to view our library catalog or visit https://buff.ly/3wltilW.

New Arrivals (1/3): Visit JC 240K to check out these books and more from WGST!1: Featured Author is Safia Elhillo, a Sud...
05/07/2024

New Arrivals (1/3): Visit JC 240K to check out these books and more from WGST!

1: Featured Author is Safia Elhillo, a Sudanese-American poet that writes about the intersections of Sudanese identity, gender, displacement and diaspora. Highlighted works are Girls That Never Die: Poems (PS3605.L385) and Home Is Not a Country (PZ7.E42).

Come to JC Room 240K to relax during our modified finals hours! Alt-Text: Pale background with floral graphics. Text rea...
05/01/2024

Come to JC Room 240K to relax during our modified finals hours!

Alt-Text: Pale background with floral graphics. Text reads, "Spring 2024 Finals Hours. May 1st-3rd from 10am-5pm. May 6th-8th from 10am-5pm."

Art of Activism: Avoiding Tote-al Burnout event took place on 4/12, and here's a recap of this engaging event! Speaker P...
04/30/2024

Art of Activism: Avoiding Tote-al Burnout event took place on 4/12, and here's a recap of this engaging event! Speaker Paul Gorski, founder of the Equity Literacy Institute and EdChange, discussed his research on social justice within higher education and activist burnout. Students listened to his interview as they designed canvas bags with social justice slogans like “Land Back.”

Alt Text: Title "Art of Activism Recap" with subtitle "We learned strategies to avoid activist burnout while making tote bags! Thanks to Paul Gorski, our speaker." Pictures framed in a Polaroid-style show some of the totes from the event, students working and showing their work, and a portrait of the speaker.

Attention WGST students, Fall 2024 class registration is open for undergraduates! For specific inquiries about this cour...
04/24/2024

Attention WGST students, Fall 2024 class registration is open for undergraduates! For specific inquiries about this course, please contact the professor through email. To see our full list of classes, please utilize our website (https://buff.ly/4cUIdDZ). The link is in our bio as well!

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Slide One: WMST 100: Global Representations of Women. There are two sections for this course. Section DL1/DL2 is asynchronous and taught by Rachel Lewis. Please contact [email protected] with any questions. Section 001 is in-person and taught by Holly Mason Badra. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.
Slide Two: WMST 200: Intro to Women and Gender Studies. There are two sections for this course. Section DL1 is taught online synchronous on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30-11:45am by Claudia Cabello Hutt. Please contact [email protected] with any questions. Section 002 is taught in person on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30-2:45p by Muge Yuce in Art & Design L008. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.
Slide Three: WMST 300/INTS 347: Gender Representation in Pop Culture. This course is taught Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30-2:45pm by Shayna Maskell Yuhasz in Innovation 207. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.
Slide Four: WMST 309/HIST 344/AFAM 390/GOVT 319: Black Social Movements: Gendering of Violence and Activism. This course is taught online synchronous on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00-1:15pm by Yevette R. Jordan. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

If you are stressed about finals season visit the WGST Center tomorrow (April 25th) for a study break! Cool off your bra...
04/24/2024

If you are stressed about finals season visit the WGST Center tomorrow (April 25th) for a study break! Cool off your brain from studying hard by coloring, listening to music, and making crafts. Register on Mason360 https://buff.ly/4aJXUg4

Alt-Text: Imagery of monkeys, elephants, a giraffe, and an emu surrounded by large leaves. Text Reads: Study Break: Land and Sea Animal Rights. WGST Center. JC 240K. April 25th. 10am-12pm. Relax from studying, learn about animal rights, and color!

ATTENTION UNDERGRADS! Registration starts on April 16th, look no further than Women and Gender Studies for your course n...
04/22/2024

ATTENTION UNDERGRADS! Registration starts on April 16th, look no further than Women and Gender Studies for your course needs! Check out all of our interesting courses on our website https://buff.ly/4cUIdDZ. If you have questions about a specific course feel free to reach out to the email listed on the flyer!

ALT TEXT SLIDE ONE: Red back ground with text, "Black Feminist Thought" course numbers WMST 450/WMST 550/INTS 439/ INTS 575. Located at Thompson Hall Room 1018 on Thursdays 4:30 to 7:10. Class taught by Professor Wendi Manuel-Scott

ALT TEXT SLIDE TWO: White background with the text "Critical Race Studies" course numbers WMST 450/550/ INTS 437/INTS 537. Location TBD, classes on Tuesdays at 4:30 to 7:10 pm. Taught by Professor Wendi Manuel-Scott.

ALT TEXT SLIDE THREE: Blue background with text "Gender and Policy" course numbers WMST 450/GOVT 490/ POGO 550. Location at Horizon Hall room 3014 on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9:00 to 10:15am, taught by Professor: Bonnie Stabile

ALT TEXT SLIDE FOUR: Sky Blue background with purple bordering with text "Women and Leadership" course numbers WMST 450/INTS 405. Online Synchronous on Tuesdays at 1:30 to 4:10pm. Taught by Professor Julie Owen

Relax before a stressful finals season by visiting the WGST Center on April 25th from 10 am - 12 pm. Coloring pages and ...
04/18/2024

Relax before a stressful finals season by visiting the WGST Center on April 25th from 10 am - 12 pm. Coloring pages and activities will be available! If you would like to stop by register on Mason360 https://buff.ly/4aJXUg4

Alt-text: Imagery of monkeys, elephants, a giraffe, and an emu surrounded by large leaves. Text Reads: Study Break: Land and Sea Animal Rights. WGST Center. JC 240K. April 25th. 10am-12pm. Relax from studying, learn about animal rights, and color!

Want to explore politics through the lens of gender and race? Course registration for grads is OPEN, and undergrads star...
04/17/2024

Want to explore politics through the lens of gender and race? Course registration for grads is OPEN, and undergrads start registration on April 18. Don’t forget to register on Patriot Web before all seats are taken for Fall 2024!

For more information, visit our website at https://buff.ly/4cUIdDZ. If you want course-specific information, email the professor using the emails included on the flyers.

1: WMST 450/550 & INTS 475/575 - LGBTQ+ Literacies
Section DL1 (Online - Asynchronous)
Contact Course Professor David Powers Corwin at [email protected].

2: WMST 407/507 & GLOA 599 - Transnational Sexualities
Section 001 (Nguyen Engineering 1108 - Thursdays 4:30-7:10 PM)
Contact Course Professor Claudia Cabello Hutt at [email protected].

3: WMST 330 - Feminist Theories: Gender/Sexuality/Race
Section 001 (Aquia 213 - Mondays and Wednesdays 3-4:15 PM)
Contact Course Professor Nichole Smith at [email protected].

Looking for ways to celebrate Earth Day? Or just need a break from studying? The WGST center will be hosting an event wh...
04/12/2024

Looking for ways to celebrate Earth Day? Or just need a break from studying? The WGST center will be hosting an event where people will make recyclable crafts. These crafts will have a supplemental slideshow in order to show the importance of caring for the earth. Please register on Mason360: https://buff.ly/3TYzng5

Alt-Text: Pale green background with graphics of flowers and a hand holding the Earth. Text Reads: Earth Care is Self Care. April 18th. 1-2:30pm. JC Room 240K.

Attention WGST Grad Students! Registration for classes is coming up on April 16th on Patriot Web. Please keep a look out...
04/10/2024

Attention WGST Grad Students! Registration for classes is coming up on April 16th on Patriot Web. Please keep a look out for more exciting courses on our Instagram. If you are curious about a specific course, reach out to the professor listed on the flyer. For more information visit our website https://buff.ly/4cUIdDZ. Link also in our bio!

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Slide 1: WMST 600/HIST 615/CULT 860: Antebellum African American Women’s History. Fall 2024. Section DL1. Online Synchronous. Yevette Jordan. Thursdays 4:30-7:10pm. Questions? Email [email protected].
Slide 2: WMST 610: Feminist Research Methods. Fall 2024. Section 001. In-Person. Tuesdays: 4:30-7:10pm. Leah Adams. Contact: [email protected].
Slide 3: Feminist Theories: WMST 630, PHIL 658, GLOA 599, CULT 860. Fall 2024. Section DL1. Online M 4:30-7:10pm. Rachel Lewis. Contact: [email protected].
Slide 4: WMST 640/GLOA 599/POGO 750/CULT 860: Transnational Issues of Gender & Race. Fall 2024: Section DL1. Online Synchronous with Anu Aneja. Wednesdays 4:30-7:10pm. Questions? Contact [email protected].

Are you a Mason student interested in social justice and advocacy? Want to design a canvas bag? Sign up on Mason360 befo...
04/10/2024

Are you a Mason student interested in social justice and advocacy? Want to design a canvas bag? Sign up on Mason360 before all spots are taken! Listen to an interview with Paul Gorski, founder of the Equity Literacy Institute, about student activist burnout and fighting racial injustice within higher education while doing block printing. Register with this link: https://buff.ly/4aqpEWi.



[Alt text: A green image promoting Art of Activism: Avoiding Tote-al Burnout, an event taking place on April 12 from 5pm-7pm. Registration is open to all student activists and is limited to 30 people. Register on Mason360 while spots remain open!]

Interested in working at the Center? You're in luck because we are hiring! Applications are now open until April 15th at...
04/09/2024

Interested in working at the Center? You're in luck because we are hiring! Applications are now open until April 15th at 5pm. Any Questions? Contact [email protected].

Link for Program Advisor: https://buff.ly/3U6N6m2
Link for Center Mentor: https://buff.ly/4aoMGx3

ALT TEXT SLIDE ONE: We're hiring! We are seeking applicants for the positions of Program Advisor and Center Mentor. These roles are available as both student-wage and work-study positions.

ALT TEXT SLIDE TWO: Program Advisor Responsibilities, Coordinating our programs and events, Designing and video editing, Managing and promoting social media, Representing and promoting the center at university events, and Communicating well both orally and written

ALT TEXT SLIDE THREE: Coordinating programs and events, Designing promotional materials, Managing social media accounts, Representing and promoting the center at university events, and Communicating clearly with a variety of audiences both verbally and written.

Are you a Mason student interested in social justice and advocacy? Want to design a canvas bag? Sign up on Mason360 befo...
04/05/2024

Are you a Mason student interested in social justice and advocacy? Want to design a canvas bag? Sign up on Mason360 before all spots are taken! Listen to an interview with Paul Gorski, founder of the Equity Literacy Institute, about student activist burnout and fighting racial injustice within higher education while doing block printing. Register with this link: https://buff.ly/4aqpEWi.



[Alt text: A green mage promoting Art of Activism: Avoiding Tote-al Burnout, an event taking place on April 12 from 5pm-7pm. Registration is open to all student activists and is limited to 30 people. Register on Mason360 while spots remain open!]

For all students interested in WGST courses this Fall, you're invited next Monday to hear from our faculty about class o...
04/03/2024

For all students interested in WGST courses this Fall, you're invited next Monday to hear from our faculty about class offerings! The fair is split between undergraduate (5-5:30) and graduate levels (5:30-6) with time in both sessions for Q&A.

Register on Mason360 or join the Zoom meeting here: https://buff.ly/3J5NU4q.

Alt Text: Titled "Fall 2024 Course Fair" with logo for the Women and Gender Studies Program. Central bullet points highlight activities: "Explore academic passions, meet expert professors, learn about future courses, plan for success in Fall!" Detailed schedule at bottom left lists Undergrad Courses from 5:00-5:30 PM + Q&A and Graduate Courses from 5:30-6:00 PM + Q&A. Mini calendar graphic at bottom right notes event date for Mon, 4/8.

Join us on April 4th at the WGST center to discuss how different types of media influence the perception of the ideal bo...
04/02/2024

Join us on April 4th at the WGST center to discuss how different types of media influence the perception of the ideal body type for women. Kahoot winners will win a full-sized candy bar! Link to Mason360: https://buff.ly/4bTWksO

Alt text: Green background with scattered pink flowers. Outline of an Instagram post surrounded by a pink flip phone on the left and a model on the right. Text Reads: Picture “Perfect.” Media Representations of the Ideal Body from the 2000s to Today. April 4, 4:30-6:00pm, JC 240K, Women and Gender Studies.

Are you a Mason student interested in social justice and advocacy? Want to design a canvas bag? Sign up on Mason360 befo...
03/26/2024

Are you a Mason student interested in social justice and advocacy? Want to design a canvas bag? Sign up on Mason360 before all spots are taken! Listen to an interview with Paul Gorski, founder of the Equity Literacy Institute, about student activist burnout and fighting racial injustice within higher education while doing block printing. Register with this link: https://buff.ly/4aqpEWi.

[Alt text: A green image promoting Art of Activism: Avoiding Tote-al Burnout, an event taking place on April 12 from 5pm-7pm. Registration is open to all student activists and is limited to 30 people. Register on Mason360 while spots remain open!]

Hi all! Come watch a movie at the Women and Gender Studies Center to celebrate Women's History Month! Comment your top p...
03/22/2024

Hi all! Come watch a movie at the Women and Gender Studies Center to celebrate Women's History Month! Comment your top picks below.

Alt-Text: Pale pink background with movie reel strips and a graphic of friendship bracelets. Text reads: Women’s History Month Movie Night. Come watch a movie about strong friendships between women to celebrate Women’s History Month! Thursday, March 28. 4-6pm. JC 240K.

Come to the WGST center on April 4th for an open discussion and game of Kahoot to talk about the media's portrayal of wo...
03/22/2024

Come to the WGST center on April 4th for an open discussion and game of Kahoot to talk about the media's portrayal of women's bodies. Kahoot winners will win a sweet treat! Link to Mason360: https://buff.ly/48BoB4k

Alt text: Green background with scattered pink flowers. Outline of an Instagram post surrounded by a pink flip phone on the left and a model on the right. Text Reads: Picture “Perfect.” Media Representations of the Ideal Body from the 2000s to Today. April 4, 4:30-6:00pm, JC 240K, Women and Gender Studies.

Curious about representation of Black girlhood in African American literature? Join Women and Gender Studies in our annu...
03/20/2024

Curious about representation of Black girlhood in African American literature? Join Women and Gender Studies in our annual DEI Lecture featuring Dr. Stephanie Rambo! Please find the Zoom link below or on our Mason360 page: https://buff.ly/3PtXzFC

Zoom link: https://buff.ly/3xb5Fwh
Meeting ID: 993 0335 6299
Passcode: 697517

Alt-Text: Slide includes headshot of Dr. Stephanie Rambo. Text Reads: Spring 2024 DEI Lecture. Dr. Stephanie Rambo. Second Glances: Exploring Black Girls in Archives. Stephanie’s manuscript-in-progress considers spatial and visual depictions of Black girlhood in African American literature. In her talk, she will discuss some of the archival research she conducted that informs the book project and considers visual histories alongside literary narratives to interrogate both racial inscriptions and gazes. March 26. 1-2 PM. Online.

If yes, you should apply for the Suzanne Scott Constantine Award for Excellence! All applications are due March 29th on ...
03/20/2024

If yes, you should apply for the Suzanne Scott Constantine Award for Excellence! All applications are due March 29th on the GMU Advance Works Website or at https://buff.ly/3Ta1SXC. Contact Holly Mason Badra at [email protected] if you have any questions.

ATTENTION ALL WGST STUDENTS! Summer registration is coming up soon. Don't forget to check out the courses we are offerin...
03/19/2024

ATTENTION ALL WGST STUDENTS! Summer registration is coming up soon. Don't forget to check out the courses we are offering! Email Associate Director of WGST Holly Mason Badra at [email protected] with any questions!

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Slide One: Sea-themed background with graphics of starfish and shells. Text Reads: Summer 2024 WGST Undergraduate Classes. WMST 100: Global Representations of Women Section A01 is asynchronous with Rachel Lewis, Section C01 is online and meets M/W/F 1:20-4:20 pm with Holly Mason Badra. WMST 200: Intro to Women & Gender Studies is asynchronous with Rachel Lewis. WMST 300/550: Contemporary Youth Studies: Gender/Sexuality is asynchronous with David Powers Corwin and is cross-listed with INTS 319/575.
Slide Two: Sea-themed background with graphics of starfish and shells. Text Reads: Summer 2024 WGST Undergraduate Courses. WMST 600: LGBTQ+ Perspectives in Higher Education is online and meets W 4:30-7:10 with David Powers Corwin and is cross-listed with HE 792.

Are you a Women and Gender Studies or Social Justice and Human Rights undergrad or graduate student? Do you use art in t...
03/15/2024

Are you a Women and Gender Studies or Social Justice and Human Rights undergrad or graduate student? Do you use art in the classroom/in the world to spread your thoughts on Race, Gender, and Social Justice? If yes, you should apply for the Suzanne Scott Constantine Award for Excellence! All applications are due March 29th on the GMU Advance Works Website or at https://buff.ly/3Ta1SXC. Contact Holly Mason Badra at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Interested in learning about how intersectionality can be applied to yourself and social justice work in general? Join u...
03/08/2024

Interested in learning about how intersectionality can be applied to yourself and social justice work in general? Join us for one of our two virtual Intersectionality 101 workshops. Our module and discussions are open to all Mason students and staff. Register on Mason360 for the Zoom links.

[Alt text: An image promoting two online training dates for Intersectionality 101. Students and staff must register on Mason360. The dates are March 13 from 4:30pm-7pm and April 19 from 2:30pm-5pm. March 13 registration: https://buff.ly/3SIzTy8. April 19 registration: https://buff.ly/3SCKGty]

Hope you're enjoying your spring break! Our last installment of Staff Library Highlight comes curtesy from our Graduate ...
03/08/2024

Hope you're enjoying your spring break! Our last installment of Staff Library Highlight comes curtesy from our Graduate Assistant, Vanessa! Come by JC 240K to check out all staff recommendations , and more!

Alt Text. First image has a tan background with an image of a book. Text reads: Vanessa, Graduate Assistant. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a powerful and touching memoir that explores the themes of racism, s*xual trauma, identity, self-discovery, and resilience. This book invites readers to honor and learn more about the challenges and triumphs that Maya Angelou experienced as a Black woman. PS3551.N464 Z466.

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The Women and Gender Studies programs at Mason are designed to give you a firm grounding in the theory and methodology of gender and help you better understand people, the relationships between s*x and gender, the impact of s*x, race, class, disability and s*xual orientation, gender identity and more. Connect with a research-minded faculty that will lead your exploration through an intersectional lens of topics such as women’s roles in social, political and economic life, women’s roles in history, women and the media, feminist theory and q***r theory. Acquire the tools to envision other alternatives to conventional stereotypes. We offer a Women and Gender Studies undergraduate major as well as an 18-credit undergraduate minor, and an 18-credit minor in LGBTQ Studies. Our graduate programs include 15-credit graduate Certificate and a 36-credit Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Women and Gender Studies. In the The Women and Gender Studies Center – a coalition that bridges academic coursework with student development, leadership and team building – you can get involved with many events, research opportunities and community activism.

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