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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

November 2020

Fall is rolling out its beautiful colors and crisp weather in Ames, Iowa as we reach a midpoint in our semester at Iowa State. I wasn’t kidding when I said in August that this would be a semester (and academic year) like no other!

The WGS faculty, staff, and students have stepped up to offer and take high quality courses that are both virtual and in person. Anyone who has taught or taken classes knows the effort and versatility it takes to convey important topics and pedagogy in multiple modalities. Read more →

Don’t forget: Women’s and Gender Studies Scholarships are available and due by March 1, 2021!