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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

Welcome back to Fall 2020 at Iowa State University!

This will certainly be a semester and academic year like no other. We are excited – and nervous – to begin the semester in what has truly become a new normal with the global pandemic. The usual preparation and anticipation of starting classes and students returning to campus have taken on a new meaning for all of us. Faculty, staff, and students in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program are 100% committed to making this a successful year!

The normally slow summer season was also different as COVID-19 brought suffering and underscored social and economic inequities in our nation and across the world. I am incredibly impressed with the kindness and compassion that our community has shown in times of need. Our faculty worked hard to transition their courses to online format and support students and colleagues in the process. Read more →