The Amanda Cook event has been cancelled due to illness.  It will be rescheduled for a later date.

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. June 19, 2017Convocation Spring 2017 - Congratulations to all of our graduatesGrads during ceremony

    Congratulations to all of our graduates:

  2. June 9, 2017Lady Aberdeen and her feminist legacy at WaterlooLady Aberdeen

    You likely know that University of Waterloo is a global leader in the United Nation's HeForShe campaign, but did you know we’ve had a legacy of women’s studies dating back to our earliest years?

  3. 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. Nov. 13, 2017Tea and Talk: Dr. Karen StoteAn Act of Genocide bookcover

    Tea and Talk: Dr. Karen Stote (Women's and Gender Studies, Laurier), "Colonialism and the Sterilization of Indigenous Women in Canada"

    This talk is the first in a new "Tea and Talk" series we are beginning!

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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.