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. Dec. 1, 201716 Days of Activism Against Gender-based ViolencePoster of the 16 Days of Activism

  2. Nov. 27, 2017Dr. Karen Stote talkAn Act of Genocide book cover

    Dr. Karen Stote, who teaches in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at Laurier University, gave a talk entitled “Colonialism and the Sterilization of Indigenous Women in Canada.” Dr. Stote’s archival research has helped bring to attention the extent to which indigenous women in the North were subjected to forced sterilizations. She situated forced sterilizations within a discourse of systemic settler colonialism, showing how sterilizations functioned as a cost effective means of erasing indigeneity in Canada.

  3. Nov. 14, 2017Anne Innis Dagg Wins Lane Anderson AwardAnne Dagg

    Waterloo Women's Studies affiliate Anne Innis Dagg has won the Lane Anderson Award for excellence in science writing, sharing the distinction with writer Caroline Fox.

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  1. Mar. 1, 2018Tea and Talk: Dr. Canan Aslan AkmanTea and Talk poster

    This talk is the second in the "Tea and Talk" series.

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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.