Women's Studies at Waterloo


Our programs in Women's Studies explore the ways in which society is shaped by gender from an interdisciplinary perspective both today and in the past. Students and faculty examine how our world is constructed by social, historical and political forces, applying critical perspectives that take into account the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, class, disability, and place in both local and global contexts.

The Department of Philosophy acknowledges that we are living and working on the traditional territory of ‎ the Attawandaron (also known as Neutral), Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.

  1. Apr. 19, 2017Women's Studies prizes presented at Department of Philosophy Awards CeremonyMary Synnott receiving commemorative plaque for excellent service.

    Mary Synnott receiving her commemorative plaque for 30 years of service.

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  1. Apr. 29, 2017Making Spaces program: Becoming LGBTQ+ Space MakersColoured text which says: lesbian gay bisexual trans quuer + making spaces

    Sponsored by the Equity Office, the Making Spaces program is a framework for creating affirming spaces on campus and fostering interpersonal relationships through education and training on aspects of social identity. UW community members partake in training and a registration process to become Space Makers, ambassadors of equity.

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Arts courses tackle gender issues from all angles

The Faculty of Arts is working to bring gender issues to the forefront by engaging students across a variety of disciplines. Details

Philosophy and Women's Studies  "Gender Issues" Course

Philosophy offers a course, cross-listed in Women’s Studies - Gender Issues (WS 222/PHIL 202) - that asks students to consider some of the deepest theoretical and practical questions about sex and gender.