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Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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Women's, Gender, and
Sexuality Studies Program

Central Washington University
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926
(509) 963-2488

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ABOUT WGSS                

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies cultivates a critical awareness of the contributions of women and the impact of gender in our lives, both historically and in the contemporary world. Our interdisciplinary scope includes examining these issues from the perspective of politics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, philosophy, art, and literature.

The objectives of the program are

  • to explore existing knowledge about women, gender, and sexuality in a variety of disciplines;
  • to critically assess the traditional disciplines in the light of new data concerning women and gender;
  • to provide an academic foundation for students planning careers in women's and gender studies or related fields; and
  • to promote research about women and gender within existing disciplines.

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For questions, please contact us at or by phone at (509) 963-2488

4 Year Plan

Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies Course offerings:

WGSS Events

Connecting Reproductive Health Restrictions and Anti-Trans Legislation, April 20,2022

Teach-In & March for Reprodive Justice & Liberation, May 13, 2022

COVID-19 and Mental Health Through an Intersectional Lens, April 22, 2022

Queering the Space: LGBTQ2IA+ Teach-In, November 8, 2021

Dr. Sandra Yesenia Galta May 19th 5:30 Zoom: (Click on poster for PDF)

Informed and Engaged Teaching

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Inclusive Conversations

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Beyond Fulton - Child Welfare and Religious

Free and Open to the Public

Don't miss the public lecture, "Beyond Fulton: Child Welfare and Religious Freedom" 

by Heron Greenesmith  Policy Attorney/Legal Advocate

on Thursday, April 8, 5:00PM-6:30PM

Meeting ID: 875 3846 5606

Passcode: 853527

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 In Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, Catholic Social Services is requesting an exemption from the City of Philadelphia that would allow the child welfare organization to continue to receive city funds while picking and choosing which parents to certify for foster care and adoption. In other words, CSS would like to deny certification to same-sex couples in direct violation of the city's prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in places of public accommodation. 

While much of the coverage of the Fulton case, argued before the Supreme Court and due to be decided this Spring, has touched on first amendment issues and its potential impact on same-sex couples, the mainstream narratives have neglected two themes of this important case. First: how child welfare organizations provide far more services than foster care and adoption certification, including the provision of crucial services to families in crisis (a disproportionate percentage of whom we know are headed by LGBTQ parents). And second: how the forced dichotomy between "religious freedom" and "LGBTQ rights" ignores both the rich faith traditions that support justice for LGBTQ people and the progressive intention of religious freedom

Greenesmith will provide an overview of the Fulton case; an analysis of its greater impacts on LGBT families across the country (informed by Greenesmith's work on this history of child welfare); and a glance into the broader world of religious freedom outside the conversation currently dominated by the Christian Right.   

Sponsored by Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and supported by The Diversity and Equity Center

WOMXN'S HERSTORY CELEBRATION EVENTS - Presented by the Diversity and Equity Center

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Black Girl Grooves

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Suffrage at 100-The New York Times

New York Times Suffrage Article


(photo: National Archives)

Tackling a Century-old Mystery: Did My Grandmother Vote

How Queer Women Powered the Suffrage Movement

The Women Who Fought Against the Vote

For Black Suffragists, the Lens Was a Mighty Sword




'Finish the Fight': A special Digital Theater Preformance Celebrates 100 Years of Women's Right to Vote


100 Year Later, These Activist Continue Their Ancestors' Work




Fighting for the Vote With Cartoons





Meet the Brave but Overlooked Women of Color who Fought for the Vote




1920, Native Women Sought the Vote. Here's What Happened Next




Civil Rights Law Protects Gay and Transgender Workers, Supreme Court Rules

New York Times Article


New York Times article "DeVos’s Rules Bolster Rights of Students Accused of Sexual Misconduct"

The Chronicle of Higher Education article "What Colleges Need to Know About the New Title IX Rules"


WGSS Students Can Be Found Everywhere

Kids Discuss the Pay Gap

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 Events (see following information)

Loretta Ross- FREE WGSS Sponsored Event

April 18, 2019 6:00 PM SURC Theatre

Loretta Ross- April 18th, 6:00 PM SURC Theatre Reproductive Justice as Human Rights


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The campaign theme continues throughout the year. 

Click the links below to participate in the various initiatives

International Women's Day webpage

World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report



#MeToo (twitter page)

For Scholars of Women's Studies, It's Been a Dangerous Year 

Chronicle of Higher Education article click here   

Women shouldn’t have to change themselves to succeed at their jobs—not to mention, it doesn’t work.

#metoo has debunked the lean in philosophy 

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                                      Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill click for story

How to explain Mansplaining, New York Times

Equal Pay Day 2016: Exploring The Wage Gap

Today we recognize Equal Pay Day, which marks how far into the current year women must work to earn what men earned the previous year. Women still earn only 79 cents to the man’s dollar and women of color face a racial wage gap on top of the gender gap.

Click on the link for information from the Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor to see how  Washington states compares with other states in equal pay transparency and workplace protections for women

As Hollywood Stars Can Attest, It's Good To Be A Man On Payday

What Does Feminism Mean Today?


Are you an alum of the Women's and Gender Studies program?  Let us know what you've been up to!  Alumni Connection

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