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A gendered slant on liberal education

Gender is a powerful lens through which we interpret knowledge and understand our world and ourselves.

Women's and Gender Studies at Franklin & Marshall is informed by the intellectual excitement that has arisen from feminist critiques in virtually all academic disciplines. Male and female students alike benefit from incorporating the diverse perspectives of feminist theory and gender studies into their academic studies.

We recently changed our name to Women's and Gender Studies to emphasize that we also study masculinity and femininity in addition to the experiences of women. Although WGS is a minor, students may also concentrate on WGS in a Special Studies major or create a Joint major with WGS and another department.

Unlike some other women's studies programs which focus on the West or on the United States, the Women's and Gender Studies Program at F&M has a global focus. Our strengths include cross-cultural studies in Anthropology, comparative women's history in the History department, classes in women and economic development in the Economics Department, and the transnational study of women's art, popular culture and literature.

WGS at F&M has also cultivated strong connections with the sciences. We have offered courses on women’s health, women’s healing systems, and a public health class on pregnancy outcomes.

We provide exceptional opportunities to connect theory and practice. Our students have served on the Alice Drum Women’s Center Board and the annual Take Back the Night event. Our students have also presented their research at the annual Central Pennsylvania Consortium women’s studies conference, curated exhibits at the Phillips Art Museum and worked as Public Service Interns through the Ware Institute.

  • Chin Keynotes F&M's 'Take Back the Night' April 17
  • Performance Artist Staceyann Chin Keynotes 'Take Back the Night'
  • A performance by award-winning poet and activist Staceyann Chin and a vigilant march around campus will be the central events in Franklin & Marshall College's revamped observance of "Take Back the Night," which will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the Barshinger Center for Musical Arts. The event is free but tickets are required and are available at the F&M box office. Click on the photo for the story.

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  • F&M's International Women's Week Features Scholar at Risk Al Atrash
  • Syrian director Naila Al Atrash, a human rights activist who fled persecution in her home country for her teaching of critical theatre, delivered the keynote address and visited with students as part of Franklin & Marshall College's celebration of International Women’s Week March 16-22. Click on her picture for the story.