Gender and Women's Studies Program

Welcome to Gender and Women's Studies  

We offer interdisciplinary programs with a range of courses for a major or minor or a graduate certificate in Gender and Women's Studies. 

We are open to undergraduate students from across the University, from the College of Arts and Sciences to Engineering and the School of Business.

Because gender and sexuality are fundamental to the ways men and women understand themselves, a major or minor in Gender and Women’s Studies can enhance practically any other field of study. It is a discipline that continually asks us to rethink history, culture and identity, and in the 21st Century it continues to transform scholarship and fundamental assumptions in all areas of the humanities, social and natural sciences, and the professions.

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Our Next GWS Event! 

gender dynamics and disruption in 2016 elections

Gender Dynamics and Disruption in the 2016 Elections

Kelly Dittmar, Rutgers University, Camden  

For the first time in U.S. history, women ran for both major party nominations for president in 2016, and a woman may well break the highest, hardest glass ceiling in American politics. But women's presence as presidential candidates is only one indicator of gender dynamics in the 2016 elections.

How have candidates – women and men alike –navigated the gendered terrain of politics in 2016, particularly at the presidential level? Have they disrupted gender expectations, or adhered to traditional rules of the game? And how have voters and media responded? Dr. Dittmar will discuss these questions in evaluating the ways in which gender has influenced candidate strategy and media coverage, as well as gender differences in voter preferences, priorities, and behavior in the 2016 presidential election.

Included in this discussion will be recognition of the gender dynamics at play in Pennsylvania’s US Senate race, where a woman is competing to be the first woman senator from the commonwealth, and other down-ballot contests.Co-sponsored by Political Science. Approved ACS Cultural Event

Wednesday, October 26 at 6pm

Connelly Cinema

Contact Information

Catherine Kerrison, PhD
Director of Academics, GWS
Phone: 610-519-4660

Timothy McCall, PhD
Director of Programming, GWS
Phone: 610-519-3897

Joyce Harden
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 610-519-4640

Office: SAC 488

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