Women's and Gender Studies

Women's and gender 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 and gender 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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Hennessj@cwu.edu or by phone at (509) 963-1574

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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 http://www.dol.gov/wb/equalpay/equalpaymap.htm

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