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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 Program

We are outraged and deeply saddened by the recent police brutality and egregious killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and countless other Black people who have experienced unjust attacks in the U.S. These acts are evidence of systemic racism, white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, and anti-trans violence in our society. The recent deaths and racialized violence call attention to centuries of chattel slavery and the subsequent marginalization of people that is magnified in our workplaces, institutions of education, legal systems, and politic arenas.

The events of the past few weeks come in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic stress in which Black people, other people of color, and disenfranchised members of our society have been disproportionately ravaged by illness, death, and economic insecurity. The injustices of the global pandemic are stark with a large proportion of deaths and illness from the novel coronavirus occurring in communities that have inadequate access to health care, housing, living wage jobs, and other conditions that put them at higher risk in this pandemic. Read more →