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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.

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  • Researcher Trains Eye on Role of Gender in Customer Service
  • Emily Mooney '14, a special studies major in psychology, business and women's and gender studies, spent a day at Philadelphia's 30th Street Station studying how people perceive male and female service workers and the level of customer service they provide. Click on her photo to read the story.

  • 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 were the central events in Franklin & Marshall College's revamped observance of "Take Back the Night," on Thursday, April 17. Click on the photo for the story.