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.

Message from the Director

A Tribute to Linda Rouch Galyon, Former Chair of Women’s Studies at ISU

Dr. Linda Galyon, Iowa State University Women’s Studies Chair (1980-1984, 1994-1997)

Several people have been instrumental in making Women’s Studies at Iowa State University a success. Dr. Linda Rouch Galyon was one of them. This tribute recognizes the life and legacy of Linda Galyon as a dedicated leader of the Women’s Studies Program from its origins in the 1970s to the 1990s when it became a degree-granting academic program at ISU. Linda passed away on Oct. 1, 2019 at the age of 86.

Linda Galyon’s career reflects the trajectory of many women in academia during this period. She earned a BA in English (1956) and an MA in English (1962) from Indiana University. Linda and her husband, Aubrey E. Galyon, Jr., moved to Ames in 1959, where they worked as faculty members in the English Department at Iowa State University for most of their careers. In 1974, Galyon completed her PhD in English from the University of Iowa. Read more →