Women's Studies at Waterloo


Big news!  The Gender and Social Justice program will launch in September 2019, replacing the existing Women’s Studies program. 

This exciting new interdisciplinary program develops awareness of the experiences of marginalized people in relation to gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, disability, and class. 

Whether you are majoring, minoring or taking a few courses in Gender and Social Justice, you will learn about equality, diversity and justice, and how forms of collective action challenge injustice.

The Women's Studies program 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. 3, 2018Public talks
    Jack Halberstam

    Philosophy and Women’s Studies co-sponsored a public talk by queer theorist Jack Halberstam on November 19.

  2. Feb. 27, 2018Women's Studies Alumni Panel
    WS Alum Panel

    On January 24, the Women's Studies Program hosted an Alumni Career Panel. Seven alums, with graduation dates between 1995 and 2016, spoke with students and faculty about the value of their Women's Studies degrees for their professional and personal lives. Indeed, while this event was designed to provide students some insight into how to translate and market social justice education for the workplace, many of the alums spoke about how their educations have benefitted their lives holistically--at home, in community work, interpersonally, and professionally. 

  3. Dec. 1, 201716 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence
    Poster of the 16 Days of Activism

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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.