GWS is an interdisciplinary department founded on the notion that students learn by doing and engaging the world. So, we combine classroom work with experiential learning and civic engagement. Many of our students and faculty are involved in public policy work and social justice and arts initiatives that relate to gender justice, women's well being and human rights and feminist ideals.

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September 11-12, 2014: John D'Emilio's Scholarship and its Impact on LGBTQ Life: A Symposium. (more)


* GWS Director and Associate Professor Jennifer Brier was recently named to the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. Story from UIC News

*GWS Emeritus faculty Judith Gardiner delivers remarks at LAS Recognition Dinner. View here!

* GWS Major Robles named Student Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois 2013 (photos here)

* Jennifer Brier awarded Chancellor's Discovery Fund for Multidisciplinary Research (more)

*UIC Student Lulu Martinez named a Chicagoan of the Year (2013) by Chicago Magazine!

*During the 2012-2013 academic year, Nadine Naber is an International Fellow with the Open Society Foundation's Academic Fellowship Program where she will serve as an advisor to the Institute of Women's Studies at Birzeit University. 

* Barbara Ransby was chosen as the 2013 winner of the Letitia Woods Brown book Award for her recent publication,  Eslanda: The Large and and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson.


* John D'Emilio in New York Times Style Section here
* John D'Emilio's Windy City Times articles
* Alice Kim's blog
* Rebecca Sive's blog

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Prof. Barbara Ransby


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