The Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Iowa State University, established in 1977, examines issues relevant to social identities such as gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and age. Through coursework, research initiatives, and community outreach, we engage in ways to challenge existing systems of knowledge and forge new scholarship based on the centrality of gender and other axes of power.


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Ann M. Oberhauser Director

The end of a decade and start of a new one in 2020 brings both reflection and hope. We are very proud of our student successes, faculty accomplishments, and contributions to ISU and the community in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Please take some time to read about these achievements below.

Campus climate issues have gained widespread attention last fall. The Women’s Studies Program is committed to creating an inclusive and safe environment with critical education for students and an engaging work environment for faculty and staff. We strongly condemn the racist, anti-Semitic, and bigoted vandalism and harassment that have occurred on campus. Read more →