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Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program


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The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGS) program at the University of Maine is an interdisciplinary program encompassing feminist, gender, and queer theories. As a discipline grounded in women’s studies, we seek to make visible women’s contributions and struggles. Our program examines gender and sexuality as they intersect with race, ethnicity, class, nationality, dis/ability, and other sites of social inequality. We in the WGS program aim to empower all persons through education and strengthening the links among women and men and among programs in the community and on campus. As a student in the WGS program, you will learn to critique social situations, organizations, and practices using feminist, gender, and queer theories. In addition, you will learn to recognize women’s contributions and struggles in a transnational and historical context. To learn more about the WGS program, please visit our (Admissions) page to request information or contact us at (207) 581-1228.


Featured Event

Dr. Jennie Woodard’s WGS 480: Senior Seminar Class Presents:

“WGS Dinner and Movie Night: Research on Gender and the Media”

Pizza, chips, vegetables, and desserts will be provided

Thursday, April 30 from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Fernald Hall, Room 102

Students Presenting:

Katie Hathaway: “Changing Influence on Girls’ Body Image”

Sarah Nicols: “Ecofeminism Unearthing Media’s Portrayal”

Ashlyn Boyle: “Abortion Stories: Stigma Reduction Through the Media”

Kate Harlan: “Boys Will be Boys: The Role of Gender in School Rampage Shootings”

Brittney Chase: “Transgender Health in the Media: What Went Wrong?”

Hannah Ruhlin: “Non-Binary Visibilty: Perceptions and Portrayals of Gender Through Physical Appearance”

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Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
101 Fernald Hall
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: (207) 581-1228 | Fax: (207) 581-1218
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
A Member of the University of Maine System