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! 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.

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01/22/2021

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Hi everyone!We are so excited to be back for Spring '21! If you are still looking for some excellent courses to take bef...
01/19/2021

Hi everyone!
We are so excited to be back for Spring '21! If you are still looking for some excellent courses to take before the 25th, check out WMST 208 and 402 and register on PatriotWeb!

12/01/2020
WMST 200 - Intro to Women and Gender Studies

WMST 200 instructor Kylie Musolf does the "Put a finger down" challenge to show why you should take WMST 200.
Section 002 -Thursdays from 1:30-2:45
Register on Patriot Web!

Please consider coming to this important event next week!
11/24/2020

Please consider coming to this important event next week!

Mark your calendars for this upcoming event! Before COVID: HIV and AIDS Panel will feature a discussion and live quiz where you can learn about the stigma of and effects of HIV/AIDS and COVID-19. Click the link in our bio to register!

RSVP TODAY for the Alumni Leadership Speaker Series!!The LEAD Office invites you to join an amazing panel of Mason Alumn...
11/20/2020

RSVP TODAY for the Alumni Leadership Speaker Series!!

The LEAD Office invites you to join an amazing panel of Mason Alumni who are engaged in work around activism, civic engagement, and advocacy work. We have an incredible group of panelists who will be sharing how to professionally share your college experiences and navigate the ropes of virtual networking. Participants will have a chance to hear from our panelists and learn about their stories. We will also have a Q/A open for participants. We hope you can join us on December 2nd via Zoom at 5:30pm.
For more info, visit: https://lead.gmu.edu/speakerseries/

Check out this Class for Spring 2021:FAVS 399 Afrofuturism and Their Kin  with Professor Nikyatu Jusu | Online, T 1:30-4...
11/20/2020

Check out this Class for Spring 2021:
FAVS 399 Afrofuturism and Their Kin
with Professor Nikyatu Jusu | Online, T 1:30-4:10

Students will explore the history and contexts of Afrofuturism, which has roots in African American science fiction and now refers more broadly to literature, music, and visual art that explore the African diaspora's experience. The course will focus on creative aspects, including short script-writing, filmic storytelling, and online discussion with working filmmakers.

More information: [email protected]

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." -James BaldwinTomorrow the ...
11/19/2020

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." -James Baldwin

Tomorrow the final session of CVPA's Kritikos Anti-Racist Reading Group, at 1 pm!

Visit https://cvpa.gmu.edu/events/arts-context for details.

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11/18/2020

Women and Gender Studies Program at George Mason University's cover photo

WMST 208 is an introduction to LGBTQ studies, focusing on media, theory, literature, and history. It is a core class for...
11/13/2020

WMST 208 is an introduction to LGBTQ studies, focusing on media, theory, literature, and history. It is a core class for the LGBTQ Minor and a valuable class for anyone!
#women #gender #sexuality #wgst #MasonWGST #Spring2021 #MasonNation #feminism #intersectionality

Hi Everyone!This Monday : Disability and State Violence: a dialogue with Sona Kazemi!Dr Sona Kazemi is currently the Pro...
11/13/2020

Hi Everyone!

This Monday : Disability and State Violence: a dialogue with Sona Kazemi!

Dr Sona Kazemi is currently the Provost’s Research Justice at the Intersections Fellow at the Mills College in Oakland, California. Her research examines contradictions among transnational disability rights frameworks in the context of global and regional imperialism(s), as well as the proxy wars in the Middle East. Her postdoctoral research projects concern traumatized Yazidi refugees in diaspora and their disability consciousness as survivors of genocide and ethnic cleansing, the mental health of Iranian and Kurdish refugees in the United States who are the survivors of state terror, Iranian women survivors of acid attacks and their disability and feminist consciousness, and punitive limb amputation in Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Be sure to join us for this event!

WMST 602/890 is a graduate course focusing on queer theory, and is a valuable course for any academic!  #women #gender #...
11/13/2020

WMST 602/890 is a graduate course focusing on queer theory, and is a valuable course for any academic!
#women #gender #sexuality #wgst #MasonWGST #Spring2021 #MasonNation #feminism #intersectionality

We have another Fall for the Book talk coming up! Join us to learn a little bit more about Women's Leadership!#wgst#fftb...
11/13/2020

We have another Fall for the Book talk coming up! Join us to learn a little bit more about Women's Leadership!
#wgst#fftb2020#gmuwmst

Worried about fulfilling your Global Understanding requirement? Need credits for your WGST major or minor? Worry no long...
11/13/2020

Worried about fulfilling your Global Understanding requirement? Need credits for your WGST major or minor? Worry no longer! This course is the perfect choice for you!⁠

#globalwomen #feminism #MasonWGST #representationsofwomen #wgst #Spring2021

WMST 402: Queer Theory and Literature is an undergrad upper-level course studying the theory and literature relevant to ...
11/12/2020

WMST 402: Queer Theory and Literature is an undergrad upper-level course studying the theory and literature relevant to LGBTQ+ topics, and is a core class for the LGBTQ Studies Minor!
#women #gender #sexuality #wgst #MasonWGST #Spring2021 #MasonNation #feminism #intersectionality

In partnership with Mason Chooses Kindness, the LEAD Office is hosting the Leadership Connection Hour facilitated by the...
11/12/2020

In partnership with Mason Chooses Kindness, the LEAD Office is hosting the Leadership Connection Hour facilitated by their Student Leadership Consultants. They invite you to join them and engage in conversation around how leadership and kindness connect with one another. visit the event page on Mason360 to register!

Need to fulfill your Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement for Mason Core? Interested in learning about WGST in a i...
11/12/2020

Need to fulfill your Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement for Mason Core? Interested in learning about WGST in a intro class? Sign up for WMST 200 today! ⁠

#women #gender #sexuality #wgst #MasonWGST #Spring2021 #MasonNation #feminism #intersectionality

WMST 410/610 is an upper level course decicated to research in the feminist sphere, and is a valuable elective for anyon...
11/12/2020

WMST 410/610 is an upper level course decicated to research in the feminist sphere, and is a valuable elective for anyone interested! #women #gender #sexuality #wgst #MasonWGST #Spring2021 #MasonNation #feminism #intersectionality

We have another Fall for the Book talk coming up! Join us to learn a little bit more about Women's Leadership!#wgst#fftb...
11/11/2020

We have another Fall for the Book talk coming up! Join us to learn a little bit more about Women's Leadership!
#wgst#fftb2020#gmuwmst

International Programs and Services is excited to celebrate the 2020 International Education Week, which will begin on M...
11/11/2020

International Programs and Services is excited to celebrate the 2020 International Education Week, which will begin on Monday, November 16, and continue through Friday, November 20. Check out some of the events they will be having next week!

Mark your calendars for this upcoming event! Before COVID: HIV and AIDS Panel will feature a discussion and live quiz wh...
11/06/2020

Mark your calendars for this upcoming event! Before COVID: HIV and AIDS Panel will feature a discussion and live quiz where you can learn about the stigma of and effects of HIV/AIDS and COVID-19. Click the link in our bio to register!

Hi Everyone! Registration is happening now! Check out some of these courses that we are offering in the Spring!
11/05/2020

Hi Everyone! Registration is happening now! Check out some of these courses that we are offering in the Spring!

We have another Fall for the Book talk coming up! Join us to learn a little bit more about Women's Leadership!#wgst#fftb...
11/04/2020

We have another Fall for the Book talk coming up! Join us to learn a little bit more about Women's Leadership!
#wgst#fftb2020#gmuwmst

Come out for the Book Talk on 'Medicalizing Blackness' by Rana A. Hogarth' on November 12, at 3pm!
10/30/2020

Come out for the Book Talk on 'Medicalizing Blackness' by Rana A. Hogarth' on November 12, at 3pm!

HI Everyone! Registration is coming  soon! Check out this class for Spring 2021.
10/30/2020

HI Everyone! Registration is coming soon! Check out this class for Spring 2021.

Hi Everyone! With the election coming soon, we have been thinking about some ways to destress and decompress, and what's...
10/29/2020

Hi Everyone!

With the election coming soon, we have been thinking about some ways to destress and decompress, and what's a better way to do so than with music! We have created our "WGST @ Mason" Playlist on Spotify and added a couple songs that we hope you will enjoy listening to while casting your ballot or relaxing. But, we also need everyone's help to make this playlist the best it can be! Scan the code or visit the link in or bio to send in your requests!

Hi Everyone! Coming Soon: Disability and State Violence: a dialogue with Sona Kazemi! Dr Sona Kazemi is currently the Pr...
10/29/2020

Hi Everyone!

Coming Soon: Disability and State Violence: a dialogue with Sona Kazemi!

Dr Sona Kazemi is currently the Provost’s Research Justice at the Intersections Fellow at the Mills College in Oakland, California. Her research examines contradictions among transnational disability rights frameworks in the context of global and regional imperialism(s), as well as the proxy wars in the Middle East. Her postdoctoral research projects concern traumatized Yazidi refugees in diaspora and their disability consciousness as survivors of genocide and ethnic cleansing, the mental health of Iranian and Kurdish refugees in the United States who are the survivors of state terror, Iranian women survivors of acid attacks and their disability and feminist consciousness, and punitive limb amputation in Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Be sure to join us for this event!

Public Trust: Which countries have it? How and why does it matter? with Mason Professor and Pulitzer-prize winning colum...
10/29/2020

Public Trust: Which countries have it? How and why does it matter? with Mason Professor and Pulitzer-prize winning columnist Steven Pearlstein. Note: This will be an interactive discussion, not a lecture. Please join the LEAD Office, and share your perspectives and hear the perspectives of other Mason students from around the world.

Spring 2021 registration is next week, do you know what WGST classes we are offering? Stay tuned as we post about them t...
10/27/2020

Spring 2021 registration is next week, do you know what WGST classes we are offering? Stay tuned as we post about them throughout the week! #WGST #GMUWGST #SPRING2021

Interested in a career in the nonprofit sector? Consider being a non profit fellow!
10/26/2020

Interested in a career in the nonprofit sector? Consider being a non profit fellow!

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Our purpose is to link with academic programs, University Life units, and the Northern Virginia community to provide learning experiences that educate about gender issues and issues of special importance to women; to provide a safe psychological and physical space for all women and gay, bisexual, lesbian, and transgender populations; and to support the Women and Gender Studies Studies minor and academic programs.

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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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