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

Tsitsi Dangarembga, a Zimbabwean author, filmmaker and activist,was interviewed during the March 7, 2019 Common Hour titled, "Writing Africa, Writing Women".  A post-Common Hour reception and book signing was held in the Ware College House Great Room.

  • (l-r) Chelsea Reimann, Alison Kibler, Giovanna Lerner (WGSS chair), Tsitsi Dangarembga

Photo (l-r) Chelsea Reimann,  Director, Alice Drum Women's Center/Coordinator for the Sexuality and Gender Alliance; Alison Kibler, Professor of American Studies and Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies; Giovanna Lerner, Associate Professor of Italian, Program Chair of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Tsitsi Dangarembga

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

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Translating the Odyssey: Why and How?

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April 29
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A Shock to the Cis-tem: Taking Non-Binary,...

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May 08
event 5/8/2019

F&M Alumni Webinar Series: LGBTQ+ 101

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Presented by Chelsea Reimann, F&M's Director of the Alice Drum Women's Center and Coordinator for...

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