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 developed several new courses in sexuality studies, including WGS 245, Constructing Sexualities. 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 girls.

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.


Story 12/17/2014

New Generation of Leaders Gets a Lift from Rouse Scholarship

Leadership -- the ability to persuade others to work together to get things done -- is a quality Andrew Rouse '49 said he looks for in recipients of Rouse Scholarships, a program that began 12 years...

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Story 12/1/2014

Dani Roth '14 Studies Gendered Violence in South Africa

Chemistry major Danielle Roth '14 spent the summer of 2013 doing public health work in South African townships using funding from her Alice Drum Summer Research Award in Women's & Gender Studies. 

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Story 11/19/2014

Gender and Human Rights Experts Kick Off Feminist Dialogue...

Two leading scholars in the fields of human rights and gendered violence, Elora Chowdhury and Amy Den Ouden, will be on campus Nov. 20 to launch the Alice Drum Women's Center Feminist Dialogue Series. 

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