Women’s and Gender Studies.


Women’s and Gender Studies

Women’s and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary program that examines the diversity of women’s and men’s experiences as they are informed by gender, class, race/ethnicity, sexuality, age, ability, social location, and cultural and national identity. The program is shaped by the theoretical and methodological questions and insights of feminist thought and gender scholarship in many fields. The program offers a major and a minor. Graduates of the program have gone on to careers in law, medicine, teaching, community organizing, counseling, business, social work, and many kinds of not-for-profit organizations.

The Women’s Studies program at Drew began as a minor in the College of Liberal Arts in the mid-1970s.  The major was established in 1997, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017.

Deirdre Cooper Owens - 31 March 2021, 7pm

What’s Slavery Got to Do With It? Understanding the U.S.’ Black Maternal Health Crisis Historically Deirdre Cooper Owens is the Linda and Charles Wilson Professor in the History of Medicine and Director of the Humanities in Medicine program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has won a number of prestigious honors for her scholarly and advocacy work in reproductive and birthing justice.
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Liz Mason-Deese - 10 March 2021, 7pm

The Argentina's Women's Movement: from reproductive rights to economic justice
Liz Mason-Deese is a feminist researcher, translator, and activist moving between Argentina and the United States. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where her research focused on Latin American urban social movements.
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Drew University headed to the 2019 Women's March

Studying WGST prepares students to create change. By seeing injustice, by understanding patriarchy, and by studying the many ways feminists have and continue to change the world, WGST majors learn how to join the long march towards a better way of inhabiting the earth. I don’t know where my classmates and I will end up, but without any hesitation, I can tell you that each student who was passionate and brave enough to see the world through the lens of WGST is going to create substantial, positive change in the world. ”
Hannah Kohn C'17
I constantly question the way gender is represented in everything I do. Which might seem too obvious, but before Drew, I really rarely thought about it or cared. ”
Jessica Sroczynski C'17