Welcome to Gender and Women's Studies

The Gender and Women's Studies Program at University of Illinois at Chicago is an interdisciplinary unit dedicated to investigating the relationships between gender (including transgender), sexuality, feminism, and social justice.

GWS insists that gender and sexuality must be understood through their intersections with race, class, age, nation, citizenship, and ability. We conceptualize how these interconnected categories inform and structure social life, culture, politics, social movements and knowledge production.

GWS sees a sustained engagement with local, national and transnational communities as central to our research and teaching/work at UIC.

GWS Kegan Travel Award

Esther O. Kegan (1913­-2000) overcame gender and class bias to become an internationally respected attorney during an era when female lawyers were rare.  She served as an exemplary role model for her daughter, Professor Emerita Judith Kegan Gardiner, who went on to fight social justice and pioneer the field of women's studies at UIC. To support this work, and to honor an outstanding role model, Gardiner has dedicated the Gender and Women’s Studies Esther O. Kegan Fund to providing resources for research, teaching and activist projects that will contribute to the mission of GWS.

Gender & Women’s Studies Program provides a limited number of awards, not to exceed $250.00 each, for graduate concentrators and program majors to travel to and participate in feminist conference spaces.

Application for the award for Fall 2018 is open! Please click here for more information.


New resource for people looking for jobs in GWS!

It's compiled and maintained by Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University, based on and inspired by Rhet Map http://rhetmap.org in order to fill a need for job seekers with undergraduate and master's degrees in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.


Jobs Map for WGSS Majors and Master’s Students 2018-2019

Jobs for WGSS Majors and Master’s Students Downloadable Spreadsheet

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