Women and Gender Studies Program at George Mason University

Women and Gender Studies Program at George Mason University Come visit us in the Johnson Center, Room 240K! https://linktr.ee/odime_gmu

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 men, women, the relationships between sex and gender, the impact of sex, race, class, disability and sexual orientation and more. Connect with a research-minded faculty that will lead your exploration through topics such as women’s roles in social, political and economic life, women’s roles in history, women and the media and feminist theory. Acquire the tools to envision other alternatives to conventional stereotypes. We offer an 18-credit undergraduate minor with an optional focus in LGBTQ Studies, a 15-credit graduate Certificate and a 36-credit Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Women and Gender Studies. With access to 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.

Mission: Our mission is to educate the George Mason University community about gender issues and issues of concern to women, and to be a focal point for Women's Studies scholarship and research.

COURSE CORRECTION: The first section of this Fall course will now be taught by David Corwin. Sign up today to learn abou...
06/17/2020

COURSE CORRECTION: The first section of this Fall course will now be taught by David Corwin. Sign up today to learn about what Women and Gender Studies is all about!

#MasonWGST #wgst #Fall2020 #Mason2024 #women #feminism #gender

Here at the Women and Gender Studies Center we will continue to do the work of understanding and addressing social inequ...
06/17/2020

Here at the Women and Gender Studies Center we will continue to do the work of understanding and addressing social inequities. Below is our statement of solidarity from our core faculty and staff:

This is a time of sorrow, of anger, of introspection, of discomfort, of activism. As we confront anti-black racism in the wake of the killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others, Women and Gender Studies reaffirms our collective mission to understand and address social inequities. We mourn and march and commit to the work of social justice collectively. We are not all experiencing this the same way. For some of us racism is a daily and familiar experience while others of us must interrogate our own racism and complicity in oppression. Women and Gender Studies has been articulating these concerns through academics, advocacy, and support, and we have more work to do. Black women have fundamentally shaped gender activism and critique from the very beginning of modern feminism. Sojourner Truth, Harriet Jacobs, Ida B. Wells, Anna Julia Cooper, Audre Lorde, Bernice Johnson Reagon, bell hooks, Barbara Smith, Ntozake Shange, Anita Hill, Patricia Hill-Collins, Cheryl Dunye, Dorothy Roberts, Janet Mock, Sybrina Fulton, and many others have challenged those practices that, to quote Kimberlé Crenshaw, “relegate the identity of women of color to a location that resists telling.” Critical tools like intersectionality were developed to name blindness and oppression within the most visible articulations of feminism and women’s studies and they remain powerful because that critique is still necessary. Through introspection and advocacy we will work for institutional change here and in the world. The university is one place where we can make this change as we hire faculty, develop curricula, and reform academic and institutional policies. We who are faculty and staff prepare our students to make changes in those institutions that they will shape outside the university, and we must listen when they in turn hold us accountable and make us better.

#blacklivesmatter #blm #justice

Today is #WisdomWednesday and Abhina Aher is sharing some with us. Aher is a transgender woman who created a dancing tro...
06/17/2020

Today is #WisdomWednesday and Abhina Aher is sharing some with us. Aher is a transgender woman who created a dancing troop of other transgender women and hijras to educate people in India about sexual and gender diversity. She is currently the Associate Director of the India HIV/AIDS Alliance where she continues her work of education and support.

#pride #AbhinaAher #MasonWGST #wgst #hijras #transwomen #india

Interested in learning about racialized gendered conceptions of popular culture, violence, and the legal system and thei...
06/16/2020

Interested in learning about racialized gendered conceptions of popular culture, violence, and the legal system and their role in structuring systems of segregation, discrimination and exclusion? Want to learn more about the systems that contribute to what's happening today? Sign up for this course today!

#MasonWGST #Activism #Justice #gmu #Fall2020 #wgst #violence

Today on #TrailblazerTuesday we recognize Yasmin Benoit for her amazing work bringing visability to the "A" in LGBTQIA. ...
06/16/2020

Today on #TrailblazerTuesday we recognize Yasmin Benoit for her amazing work bringing visability to the "A" in LGBTQIA. Benoit identifies as asexual and aromantic and since coming out publicly in 2017 has used her platform on social media to raise awareness about issues that asexual people face. She is also a model and uses her work to challenge stereotypes about asexual people, using #ThisIsWhatAsexualLooksLike

#YasminBenoit #pride #asexual #aromantic #MasonWGST #wgst #england

COURSE CHANGE: This course will now be taught online and asynchronously! Sign up today!
06/15/2020

COURSE CHANGE: This course will now be taught online and asynchronously! Sign up today!

Kasha Jaqueline Nabagesera is a Ugandan LGBTQ activist. In 2003, she co-founded Freedom and Roam Uganda, a feminist orga...
06/15/2020

Kasha Jaqueline Nabagesera is a Ugandan LGBTQ activist. In 2003, she co-founded Freedom and Roam Uganda, a feminist organization that fights for the human rights of women and LGBTQ people in Uganda. In 2015, Nabagesera created Uganda's first LGBTQ magazine, titled Bombastic, as a platform to raise awareness about LGBTQ people and their experiences. Despite the dangers she faces being openly gay and an activist in Uganda, Nabagesera continues to fight for human rights undeterred.

#Pride #internationalpride #uganda #KashaNabagesera #MasonWGST #WGST

Interested in the histories of Black women in America and the tools they've used throughout history to survive? Want to ...
06/12/2020

Interested in the histories of Black women in America and the tools they've used throughout history to survive? Want to learn more about Beyoncé and how her album, Lemonade, fits into the aesthetic practices of black women? This class is for you! Sign up today!

#BlackWomen #lemonade #beyonce #blackfeminists

Today is the four year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting. 49 people died that day and 53 were injured. At the ...
06/12/2020

Today is the four year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting. 49 people died that day and 53 were injured. At the time it was the deadliest shooting in US history. Today we take a moment to remember the victims and their families.

#Pulse #pulsenighclub #pride #Pride2020 #remember #HonorThemWithAction #LGBTQ #OrlandoStrong #neverforget

Interested in learning about the social constructions of disability in relation to gender, sexuality, race, and class? W...
06/11/2020

Interested in learning about the social constructions of disability in relation to gender, sexuality, race, and class? Want to read books and watch films examining disability? This course is for you! Sign up for WMST 404 or 504 in Patriot Web today!

#MasonNation #gmu #Fall2020 #MasonWGST #wgst #disability #sexuality #gender

On #ThrowbackThursday lets talk about a significant figure in the civil rights movement that often gets forgotten. This ...
06/11/2020

On #ThrowbackThursday lets talk about a significant figure in the civil rights movement that often gets forgotten. This is Bayard Rustin. Rustin was a powerful activist who is best known for being the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. He also contributed new ideas to Martin Luther King Jr.'s views on nonviolent protest, and was an advisor to him throughout the civil rights movement. Rustin was also openly gay at a time when it was dangerous to be. In 2013, Bayard Rustin was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom for his lifelong activism.

#civilrights #freedom #MasonWGST #BayardRustin #pride #Pride2020 #leader #activist #lgbtqhistory

Congratulations to our associate director David Powers Corwin  for receiving the Term Faculty Development Grant! David w...
06/10/2020

Congratulations to our associate director David Powers Corwin for receiving the Term Faculty Development Grant! David will be using this grant to develop a course titled: Friendships in Our World that will be offered across departments and programs within CHSS. Stay on the lookout for this course in Fall 2021! Interested? Check out the article here: https://wmst.gmu.edu/articles/14594

Today is the anniversary of the Equal Pay Act! The Equal Pay Act passed in 1963 mandated that employers could not pay me...
06/10/2020

Today is the anniversary of the Equal Pay Act! The Equal Pay Act passed in 1963 mandated that employers could not pay men and women differently for jobs that required, “equal skill, effort, and responsibility, and which are performed under similar working conditions.” Despite this, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found in 2016 that women are still paid 82 cents for every dollar a man earns. Additionally, black women earn 61 cents for every white man's dollar and Latina women earn only 54 cents. Clearly there is a lot more work to be done. For more information check out now.org

#WomensRights #EqualPayAct #MasonWGST #wgst #women #equalpay #equalwork

There are still spaces left in these online sections of WMST 200! This course fulfills the Mason Core requirement for So...
06/09/2020

There are still spaces left in these online sections of WMST 200! This course fulfills the Mason Core requirement for Social and Behavioral Sciences. Have any questions? Contact Dr. Lewis or Professor McDole or through our email [email protected]

#MasonNation #gmu #Fall2020 #mason2024 #MasonWGST #wgst #women

#TrailblazerTuesday This is Kathy Kozachenko, the first openly gay person to be elected to public office. While this sta...
06/09/2020

#TrailblazerTuesday This is Kathy Kozachenko, the first openly gay person to be elected to public office. While this status is often attributed to Harvey Milk, Kozachenko served on the Ann Arbor city council from 1974-1976, two years before Milk's 1978 election. Kozachenko's campaign was notable in other ways as well. Her sexuality was not central to her campaign and she was able focus on a variety of issues. She said in her victory speech, "Gay liberation was not a major issue in the campaign — both candidates in this ward said they supported gay rights, but 10 years ago, or even three years ago, lesbianism would have meant automatic defeat." Kozachenko's life in public office would be short lived, as she would only serve one term, but she continues to advocate for LGBTQ rigthts.

“I am so proud of all the activists that came after me,” Kozachenko said. “The people that pushed and pushed and pushed for gay marriage, the transgender people that have pushed for their rights and for understanding of who they are. I think none of this would have happened without the energy and activism of many, many people not giving up, and I’m very grateful for that, and I’m grateful for the chance that I was able to play a small part in this.”

#pride #pride2020 #MasonWGST #women #lesbians #activism #vote

In the wake of this past week this fall course is a fascinating way to understand the history of police oppression in th...
06/08/2020

In the wake of this past week this fall course is a fascinating way to understand the history of police oppression in the US. Examine the ways in which trauma, violence, and race shape our memories and mourning of black bodies in America.

#BlackLivesMatter #blackbodies #policing #Fall2020 #MasonWGST #intersectionality

#MotivationMonday
06/08/2020

#MotivationMonday

This course will cover topics such as women's work and family life, color hierarchies among the enslaved, concubinage, e...
06/05/2020

This course will cover topics such as women's work and family life, color hierarchies among the enslaved, concubinage, experience of separation, vulnerability to sexual abuse, mother-daughter bonds, resistance and abolition, and institution building. Interested? Sign up today!

#antebellumwomen #blackactivism #enslavedwomen #Fall2020 #graduatecourse #MasonNation #MasonWGST #wgst #feminism

On this #FounderFriday we honor Sylvia Rivera. Sylvia was a veteran of the Stonewall Riots, a drag queen and a Latina tr...
06/05/2020

On this #FounderFriday we honor Sylvia Rivera. Sylvia was a veteran of the Stonewall Riots, a drag queen and a Latina transgender woman. She was 17 years old the night the riots happened and was a strong activist for trans rights the rest of her life. Sylvia founded STAR, or Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries, with Marsha P. Johnson in 1970. Sylvia passed away in 2002, but her legacy as an important voice for trans rights lives on, including in an organization named after her called the Sylvia Rivera Law project, which provides Social services, legal services, health services, and public education for transgender, intersex, and gender non-conforming people.

#SylviaRivera #pride #Pride2020 #MasonWGST #wgst #transrights #transrightsarehumanrights #Stonewall #Justice

Hurry, these sections are filling up quick! There's still space in all of them and all of them are online!#MasonNation #...
06/04/2020

Hurry, these sections are filling up quick! There's still space in all of them and all of them are online!

#MasonNation #gmu #Fall2020 #mason2024 #MasonWGST #wgst #women

Today we remember the Stonewall riots. #Stonewall #pride #justice #MasonWGST #wgst #feminism #activism
06/04/2020

Today we remember the Stonewall riots.

#Stonewall #pride #justice #MasonWGST #wgst #feminism #activism

Want to learn about the impact of the black church on feminism and gender identity? Interested in the historical social ...
06/03/2020

Want to learn about the impact of the black church on feminism and gender identity? Interested in the historical social activism of black churches across the US? Sign up for WMST 300 on Patriot Web today.

#blackchurch #blackactivism #MasonNation #Fall2020 #MasonWGST #wgst #feminism #gender

It's #WisdomWednesday and we have some advice from Miss Major Griffin-Gracy to young activists. Miss Major is a veteran ...
06/03/2020

It's #WisdomWednesday and we have some advice from Miss Major Griffin-Gracy to young activists. Miss Major is a veteran of the Stonewall riots, an elder of the LGBTQ community, and a lifetime activist.

#Pride #MissMajor #Stonewall #MasonWGST #wgst #LGBTQ #Justice

Women and Gender Studies Program at George Mason University
06/02/2020

Women and Gender Studies Program at George Mason University

Today is #TrailblazerTuesday and we're going to talk about Marsha P. Johnson! Marsha was a drag queen in New York and is...
06/02/2020

Today is #TrailblazerTuesday and we're going to talk about Marsha P. Johnson! Marsha was a drag queen in New York and is well known for being a part of the Stonewall riots on June 28, 1969. She often said that the "P" in her name stood for "Pay it no mind," in response to probing questions about her gender identity or gender expression. In 1970, Marsha and her good friend and fellow activist, Sylvia Rivera, opened the STAR house, a shelter for LGBTQ youth. Marsha P. Johnson tragically died in 1992, from what many believe was murder, but her legacy lives on today as a pioneer for LGBTQ rights and a champion of the most vulnerable members of society.

#MarshaPJohnson #Stonewall #Pride2020 #MasonWGST #wgst

On June 1, 1863, the Union Army conducted a raid along the Combahee River in South Carolina freeing more than 700 enslav...
06/01/2020

On June 1, 1863, the Union Army conducted a raid along the Combahee River in South Carolina freeing more than 700 enslaved people and torching many plantations, fields, and warehouses. Harriet Tubman played a critical role in this raid with her spy work and trustworthiness among enslaved populations from her work in the Underground Railroad. Interested in learning more about Harriet Tubman and other admirable African American women from the antebellum period? Check out WMST 600 on Patriot web or contact Dr. Jordan at [email protected]

#AntebellumWomen #MasonNation #MasonWGST #gmu

Today is the first day of pride but it isn't a joyful time. Days ago Tony McDade was killed in Tallahassee, Florida by p...
06/01/2020

Today is the first day of pride but it isn't a joyful time. Days ago Tony McDade was killed in Tallahassee, Florida by police. According to #HRC he was at least the 12th violent killing of a transgender or gender nonconforming person this year in the US. It is no coincidence that he was also a black man. Here at the Women and Gender Studies center we stand with #TonyMcDade #GeorgeFloyd #BreonnaTaylor and #AmaudArbery, and we stand with the countless others murdered by police whose names we will never know. We emphatically proclaim that #BlackLivesMatter

We must renew our efforts to be strongly anti-racist. We must be allies, and we must be accountable for our actions. Here at #WGST we will continue to center the lives and voices of those who are made vulnerable by the system.

LINK IN BIO from ODIME and LGBTQ Resources with Anti-Racism Resources and ways to support those in Minneapolis.

#Justice #BLM #SayTheirNames #pride

Summer classes start on Monday, but it's not too late to sign up for this summer course! This course will be taught in t...
05/29/2020

Summer classes start on Monday, but it's not too late to sign up for this summer course! This course will be taught in the afternoon Monday-Thursday and satisfies the Mason Core Global Understanding requirement.

#women #womenoftheworld #Summer2020 #MasonNation #wgst #MasonWGST

On May 29, 1851, Sojourner Truth famously gave her "Ain't I a Woman" speech at the Women's Rights Convention in Akron, O...
05/29/2020

On May 29, 1851, Sojourner Truth famously gave her "Ain't I a Woman" speech at the Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio. Truth was a former slave and a strong advocate for abolition and women's rights. There are two popular versions of her "Ain't I a Woman" speech. One was published 12 years after she gave her speech and the other was published one month after the speech. The two are wildly different. Check out www.sojournertruthproject.com to see both versions.

#SojournerTruth #womenshistory #abolition #MasonWGST

Attention graduate students! This core class for our graduate certificate is available this fall!#MasonNation #gmu #Maso...
05/28/2020

Attention graduate students! This core class for our graduate certificate is available this fall!

#MasonNation #gmu #MasonWGST #Fall2020 #wgst

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05/27/2020

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05/26/2020
"See you later!" from Dr. Hattery

Thank you Dr. Hattery for all your wonderful work over the past nine years! We wish you good luck and success in Delaware. Until we meet again!

Interested in examining the lives of enslaved and nominally free Antebellum women? This course is for you! Sign up today...
05/25/2020

Interested in examining the lives of enslaved and nominally free Antebellum women? This course is for you! Sign up today!

#MasonNation #gmu #MasonWGST #AntebellumWomen

The Women and Gender Studies Center would like to wish our friends a happy Eid! #MasonWGST #eidalfitr
05/24/2020

The Women and Gender Studies Center would like to wish our friends a happy Eid!

#MasonWGST #eidalfitr

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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 sex and gender, the impact of sex, race, class, disability and sexual 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 queer 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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Good morning dear ones - wanted to share one of my recent posts to Medium. So much that goes into the heart of the essay certainly reflects so much of the great theory and scholarship I absorbed from WGST. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bq2Z6G0gth1gTE2JCFe-C8_nHLA8rVpuvydkMI0/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=2m6fut1cta4
Hello! I wanted to let you know that we are hiring a part-time Victim Advocate/Case Manager at the University of Mary Washington. This position provides direct services to university students and liaises with our two great community partners, and would be particularly perfect for a student!
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Applications NOW AVAILABLE for the 2018 Mason LeaderShape Institute!! Don't miss out on this amazing experience. For more info and to apply, visit: https://lead.gmu.edu/leadershapeinstitute/. The deadline to apply is March 23rd. Here's what some of our students have to say: "In six days, the Mason LeaderShape Institute embodied what George Mason University stands for, a message that takes some students their entire college career to learn: freedom to grow and discover the numerous possibilities in the world, and learning how being a leader is something anyone can accomplish if they “have a healthy disregard for the impossible.” "I am so grateful to the LEAD office for providing me with that collaborative space and especially for that week-long immersion into those relationships. LeaderShape has continued to impact my outlook on my abilities. I am constantly reflecting on my knowledge learned in the week, and applying it to my day-to-day situations. I often find my motivation comes from thinking about all the goals I set back at LeaderShape. At the end of that week, I walked away so excited to start the Fall semester, feeling very connected to my campus community." "Going to the LeaderShape Institute was one of the most enriching experiences I have had during my college experience. During this 6-day institute, I grew tremendously as a person. I was put into an environment with other students, faculty, staff, and professionals that all wanted to focus on personal development and personal growth while learning how to contribute their own individual voice to events and issues that are important today. This institute allowed me to take a deeper look into myself and where I currently stand with my leadership skills and how I could grow and develop more into the woman that I wanted to become. I left with so many useful tools and connections to others at Mason because of this trip." "Being a part of the LeaderShape Institute at Mason provided me with the BIGGEST transformation throughout my college experience. The things I gained from LeaderShape are things few people, who are lucky enough, get to experience in their lifetime. For the first time in my life, I was given tools to help me define myself." "The most rewarding aspect of Mason LeaderShape was what I learned about myself and my capacity to be a catalyst for positive change. This has allowed me to focus on my vision and continue to work on it in a way that will contribute to society."
Interested in working in the LEAD Office? Looking for an incredible leadership experience on campus and working with an amazing team of people :) Applications to be a Student Leadership Consultant for the 2018-2019 academic year are NOW AVAILABLE. The deadline to apply is March 9th at 5pm. For more info and to apply, visit: https://lead.gmu.edu/involvement/leadership-consultants/.
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The University of Mary Washington is hiring an exciting new Case Manager/Victim Advocate Position. This dynamic, part-time position will work with the UMW Talley Center for Counseling and the Center for Prevention and Education as well as community partners RCASA - Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault and Empowerhouse to facilitate services and resource programming for student survivors of gender-based harassment. I'm happy to answer questions!
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