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GWSS Celebrates 50 Years

Our department has long been an active participant in conversations about the institutionalized study of gender and sexuality. We are one of the oldest programs in the United States, and began in 1970 as the University of Washington Women Studies Program. Since then, we have continually embraced the shifting meanings and implications of gender and sexuality; our research and teaching reflect their unfolding complexities and contradictions within the university and beyond. To indicate that our work as a department is not owned by or solely relevant to women, in 2011 we changed our name to Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies.

Please join us as we celebrate our 50th anniversary and look forward to 50 more years of embracing the shifting meanings and implications of gender and sexuality.

The Daily of the University of Washington article:  "The UW's trailblazing women studies program turns 50: Pioneers of the program reunite to talk about the early days," by Rachael Sage Payne.

50th Anniversary Events

Monday, April 5, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall
"Say Her Name: The Urgency of Black Feminism Now"

Did you miss Dr. Guy-Sheftall's lecture? Please use this link to see a recording of the lecture.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Video - Name Change from Women Studies to Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies

Wednesday, April 7

UW Library Video - Questioning in the Stacks: Exploring five decades of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies library collections

Video by Reference Librarian, Cassandra “Cass” Hartnett ( and Research Assistant Karen Wang

Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 3:30 p.m.

Webinar: "In the Beginning … the Early Days of Women Studies at the University of Washington"

Did you miss the live webinar? You can still view it here.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Video - UW Women of Color Collective

                  UW Women of Color Collective video by Mónica  De La Torre, Ph.D., Assistant Professor,
                 School of Transborder Studies,  Arizona State University

Friday, April 9, 2021, 4:30 p.m.

Zoom Conversation Event

"Women of Color Collective & GWSS" 

Did you miss the live webinar? You can view a recording here.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Video - Celebrating 50 Years of GWSS/Women Studies

Video by Jovita Mercado