Gender and Sexuality
at the Heart of 
Liberal Learning 

Established as a major in 2015, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies is informed by the intellectual excitement that has arisen from feminist critiques in virtually all academic disciplines. All students can benefit from incorporating the diverse perspectives of feminist theory into their academic studies. 

This major puts gender and sexuality at the center of critical inquiry, as aspects of identity, the body, social structures and cultural expressions. Recent courses on sexuality include: European SexualitiesContemporary Queer PoetryThe Body, and Constructing Sexualities.

WGSS offers a major and a minor; students may also create a joint major with WGSS and another department. 

Unlike some other women's studies programs, which focus on the West or on the United States, the Women's, Gender and Sexuality 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.

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.

 WGSS News and Events

President Barbara Altmann meets with faculty from Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies on November 9, 2018. 

  • WGSS faculty meeting with President Altmann
  • Poster of Events

On October 10-11, 2018, the  37th Mueller Fellow, Academy Award and Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy visited Franklin & Marshall College.

  • Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, the 2018 Mueller Fellow and Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker.

Photo (l-r):  Joel Martin, Provost and Dean of the Faculty; Judge Paul Mueller;  Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy; President Barbara K. Altmann; Dr.  Giovanna Lerner, Associate Professor of Italian and Program Chair of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Translating the Odyssey
Story 12/6/2018

Translating the Odyssey: Why and How?

Emily Wilson Professor of Classical Studies and Graduate Chair of Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania

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Why Are We Abandoning Americans? Putting Puerto Rico on the Map
Story 10/25/2018

Why Are We Abandoning Americans? Putting Puerto Rico on the...

Rosa Clemente 2008 Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate, Journalist, Political Commentator  

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Story 10/11/2018

Mueller Fellow Tells Common Hour Audience, 'I Refuse to be...

Filmmaker and activist Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy knows how to seize an audience’s attention. Whether speaking directly to a captive audience like the one in Mayser Gymnasium Oct. 11, or to complacent...

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A Career in American Politics
Story 10/4/2018

A Career in American Politics

Governor Christine Todd Whitman  Governor Whitman served in the cabinet of President George W. Bush as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from January of 2001 until June of 2003....

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STEMing the Tide: How Female Scientists and Peers Help Young Women's Success in STEM
Story 9/20/2018

STEMing the Tide: How Female Scientists and Peers Act as...

Nilanjana Dasgupta Professor of Psychology, Director of Faculty Equity & Inclusion, College of Natural Sciences, UMass Amherst

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February 28
event 2/28/2019

Spanish Film Festival: Nombre Secreto: Mariposas

Bonchek College House 101 Great Room

NOMBRE SECRETO: MARIPOSAS (Cecilia Domeyko, 2009, 1h) BONCHEK GREAT ROOM This documentary...

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March 05
event 3/5/2019

International Women's Week Luncheon featuring Professor...

Joseph International Center Forum 101

As part of the College's week-long celebration of International Women's Day, Assistant Professor of...

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March 07
event 3/7/2019

Writing Africa, Writing Women (International Women's Week...

Mayser Gymnasium

Tsitsi Dangarembga Writer and Filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga is a Zimbabwean author, filmmaker,...

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March 18
event 3/18/2019

Out at Work: Evaluating, Navigating and Thriving in Today's...

Life Sciences & Philosophy Druker Humanities Com

Join this panel of F&M LGBTQ+ alumni who will share how they have navigated the cultural and social...

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April 11
event 4/11/2019

Queer Realities in the Caribbean

Ware College House Great Room

Vanessa Borilot is an Assistant Professor of French at Elizabethtown College. Her research...

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