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Women's and Gender Studies

Roosevelt University's Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) Program in Chicago emphasizes an interdisciplinary framework in which students explore and synthesize multiple perspectives on historical and contemporary issues concerning women, gender, and sexuality. This interdisciplinary approach stresses intersectional analysis of gender and sexuality in relation to race, ethnicity, class, culture, nationality, ability, and other factors that shape experiences, identities, cultural productions, and ways of knowing.   

Contact: Ellen O'Brien
Associate Professor, Women's and Gender Studies and English
Director, Women's and Gender Studies Program
(312) 341-3723 or

2014 Women's and Gender Studies Writing Awards

Each year, the Women's and Gender Studies Program Writing Award recognizes outstanding student writing on any topic relevant to the field of women's and gender studies, produced in an undergraduate or graduate WGS course (core or cross-listed) during the 2013-2014 academic year, including MA theses, capstone projects, and internships. Student writing presented at the annual WGS Symposium for Undergraduate Work is also eligible for this award.

Molly Barnard won the graduate writing award for her MA Project, "'Rape is When Sex is Used as a Weapon': Sexual Violence Prevention Programs in Chicago's Non-profit Sector"

Samantha Benduha won the undergraduate writing award for her narrative essay, "German Culture through Oma's Apfelstrudel"

The WGS Program congratulates Molly and Samantha!