Shahwar Ali (right), Teaching Associate for the Women in Public Service Project, welcomed Indonesian women participating in the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) to the Women’s and Gender Studies office on March 20, 2015. The World Affairs Council of Kentucky & Southern Indiana arranged this visit. The purpose of their visit was to focus on global women’s issues. IVLP is a professional development and cross-cultural program sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of State, contributing to the department’s mission of “enabling emerging leaders to experience U.S. democracy and free enterprise in action in communities across the U.S.”
Women’s & Gender studies is an important field of inquiry that arose from the effort to understand gender roles and women’s historic struggle for justice throughout the world. In the interdisciplinary WGS curriculum, students develop the ability to examine the cultural construction of gender, and exercise a feminist critique of dominant power relationships in the global community (familial, social, economic, and political).
The Office of Women’s & Gender Studies organizes seminars, workshops, and lectures to enable faculty, staff, and students to learn about current developments in feminist scholarship. “Peanut Butter and Gender” is a regular luncheon lecture series on issues of gender and culture. Distinguished scholars visit campus throughout the year. The Women’s History Month Committee works with the Office of Women’s & Gender Studies to plan campus-wide events in celebration of women’s scholarship during the month of March.
Why Study Women’s Studies?
Women’s studies majors have the opportunity to directly apply their knowledge in the framework of an internship, independent study, or a labor position as program assistant to women’s studies.