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50+ Years of GWS!

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A Short History of GWS
On February 15, 1972, women faculty and students who were active in campaigns for university-sponsored childcare and adequate health services held a teach-in to celebrate Susan B. Anthony's birthday and focus on women's issues. They formed a new student and faculty women's group called the Circle Women's Liberation Union, which eventually created the Women's Studies Program.
50 Years of GWS zine cover image: Depicts a black and white collage of images with the title 50 Years of GWS in bold black font in the center and By The 390 Group in smaller bold black font beneath the title.
GWS Students Take the Lead
During the Fall 2021 semester, students in Professor Elena Gutiérrez’s GWS 390 Feminism and Social Change class created a ’zine and accompanying podcast based on their research on the history of GWS at UIC and as a broader field of study.
A person wearing a long sleeve, button-down light purple shirt, thick dark glasses, and a black face mask, with short straight black hair sits at a table speaking into a microphone
GWS 50th Anniversary Celebration
On March 9, 2023, the GWS community gathered at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum for a daylong celebration titled "Feminist Futures."
Social Justice in the Eye of Crochet, a crochet piece by GWS major Bri Saldana, is displayed on a white easel.
GWS Moving Forward
GWS' incredible undergraduate and graduate students and alumni keep our program strong and push the field forward.