About Gender and Social Justice

About Gender and Social Justice 

Gender and Social Justice teaches students about social justice, broadly construed, with particular attention to the role of gender.  Students learn to put intersectional feminism into practice in diverse ways as they work to build inclusive, just, sustainable communities, locally and globally.

Students, whether they are majors or minors, or taking GSJ courses as electives, will find our courses timely, accessible, relevant, varied and surprising. Int the first instance, these courses seek to cultivate awareness of the experiences of people marginalized by such features as gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, and class.  More than this, students will learn to use the theoretical framework of intersectional feminism to critically analyze systems and representations, locally and globally.

To see how Gender and Social Justice can apply from a personal to a global level, please watch the Gender and Social Justice launch lecture by award-winning journalist Shree Paradkar titled "Rise, disrupt, change - and do it all over again", based on her research as the 2018-2019 recipient of the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy from the Canadian Journalism Foundation.

What is intersectional feminism?

Intersectional feminism is, first and foremost, feminism.  It is a broad umbrella term for modes of theory, critique, and activism that seek to make the world more just, and in particular to oppose injustices arising from sexism. Intersectional feminism starts from the assumption that gender is complex - that what it's like to be gendered varies according to a person's race, ethnicity, sexual identity, class, dis/ability, and more. This approach was first developed by black feminists who noticed that efforts aimed at helping women often end up helping white women, and those efforts aimed at helping black people often end up helping black men, with black women excluded on both fronts. Today, intersectional feminists seek to understand the ways in which gender intersects with other axes of oppression so we can build a world that is more just for everyone.

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