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Women and gender studies


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clothesline project

The Clothesline Project helps to raise awareness to stop sexual assault and domestic violence.

Majoring in Women and Gender Studies – even taking classes to minor – can be an eye-opening experience that may just end up changing your life – and the lives of others.

Our program offers numerous opportunities for students to build leadership skills as community activists. They learn about local and transnational human rights problems and work to develop gender sensitive solutions. Many of them help plan events for our campus and the community such as:

  • letterwriting for the UN Day of Peace and Justice;
  • creating events to raise awareness about body image and eating disorders;
  • participating in the Clothesline project to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault;
  • planning events for Multicultural Week;
  • presenting a V-Day show to raise money for local women's shelters; and more.

Our students also have the chance to help plan and participate in our Ambrose Women for Social Justice conference, which brings internationally known speakers to campus, such as Winona LaDuke, who recently spoke about sustainability, at our conference in 2013.

Because of our low faculty-to-student ratio, faculty know their students on a personal level and can offer opportunities they might not have at larger colleges. One of these opportunities is being selected to attend the prestigious NEW Iowa Leaders seminar, which trains women how to run for public office.

Our students have also won scholarships in our community such as the local American Association for University Women Scholarship; the QC Pride scholarship; and the Hume scholarship. Four students in Triota, the Women's Studies Honor society, attended the National Women's Studies Association conference in Cincinnati in 2013.