Women's Studies

Since its introduction to Universities in the 1970s, the field of Women's Studies has transformed to examine gender, sexuality, masculinities, queer theory, and transnational activism, alongside women's experiences that are produced by gendered systems. In our Department, you will learn about local and transnational systems that produce gendered structures from bodies through to nation-states; you will examine how the intersection of gender, race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, ability and age produce multiple lived experiences (a Core Competency if you want to work in the Ontario Public Sector); and you will have the opportunity to put theory into practice through student engagement, Department events, and activism. The Department's award-winning Faculty all have a strong Social Justice focus, and offer you the tools you need to succeed in your degree and in the job market.

Careers held by our graduates

  • Journalists
  • Teachers
  • Executive Directors
  • Researchers
  • Police Officers
  • Lawyers
  • Midwives
  • Crisis Centre Directors
  • Policy Analysts
  • International Development Workers
  • Community Development Workers
  • College and University Professors
  • Equity Officers
  • Human Resources Workers
  • and many more!

In Women's Studies:

Learn what social structures and structural inequalities are, and how they work

Analyze transnational relationships of economy, family, labour, gender, colonization, and more 

Have dynamic discussions about social justice

Understand the meanings of diversity, equity, gender, intersectionality and social justice, and be able to apply those concepts in the job market.




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