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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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COVID-19 Announcement: CWU is open to serve you online and over the phone. All CUW employees are observing social distancing protocols and working remotely. CWU Ellensburg campus buildings are closed.  All Ellensburg campus, Center Campus (DE) Courses will be taught as Virtual (online) courses for Spring 2020. 

The secretary and program director are available by telephone and email during regular office hours.  The processing of major and minor requests along with other daily business is being conducted via the remote process that has been established in the letter from CWU President Gaudino and the HR department.  If you have questions regarding the WGSS program please email Program Director: Judy Hennessy or program support: Kelly Zakel-Larson.  Currently, all campus buildings are closed to the public.  For more information on the current status of CWU operations please review the CWU President site or visit the Emergency Information/Resources site.

Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies Course offerings:

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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Why 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

 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

Take the Next Step to Becoming a Wildcat.