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The Women's and Gender Studies program at Texas Tech University is an interdisciplinary academic program supporting transformational undergraduate- and graduate-level scholarship and teaching that explores how gender intersects with other social identities like race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, and disability. Through engaging feminist coursework, research, and practicum opportunities, we examine systems of power, privilege, and inequality. Women's and Gender Studies fosters creative, collaborative, and sustaining social justice approaches and feminist scholarship that advance understanding, equity, and compassion. 


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39th All-University Annual Conference on the Advancement of Women

April 21st, 2023

The luncheon will focus on the book My Moment:106 women on fighting for themselves

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by Kristin Chenoweth (Author), Kathy Najimy (Author), Linda Perry (Author), Chely Wright (Author), Lauren Blitzer (Author)

Promotional description of the book: “A collection of essays accompanied by beautiful black-and-white photography from a diverse group of women on the moment they realized they were ready to fight for themselves—including Gloria Steinem, aretha marbly (TTU), Lena Waithe, Joanna Gaines, Brandi Carlile, Beanie Feldstein, Cynthia Erivo, and Billie Jean King, among others. This powerful essay collection is a natural extension of the #MeToo movement, revealing the interior experience of women after they've inevitably been underestimated or hurt—the epiphany that the world is different than they thought it to be—and how they've used this knowledge to make change. Over and over again, when told “no” these women said “yes” to themselves. This hugely inspiring, beautiful book will move people of all ages and make them feel less alone. More than the sum of its parts, My Moment is also a handbook for young women (or any woman) making their way through the world…” 


BIPOC Alliances Book Launch

This book proudly showcases the work of TTU faculty, Dr. Alder, Dr. Toteva, and Dra. Sotomayor, TTU Library Esther De Leon,

WGS minor's and practicum students Bianca Rodriguez, Kelvin Boakye, Chloe Ferrer and Maya Kirkland. 



WGS Welcomes Our New Libarian

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Esther Medina De León, is the Associate Librarian for Women's & Gender Studies, Media & Communication, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Texas Tech University Libraries. De León has a MLS from the University of North Texas, Denton, and BA in Humanities, w/a specialization in Spanish, from Lubbock Christian University.  She serves as a Women's & Gender Studies Affiliated Faculty, on the President's Gender Equity Council, a Leaders Engaged in Advancing Diversity (L.E.A.D) Fellow; on the advisory board for the Centers for Mexican American & Latino Studies and Latin American & Iberian Studies; and primary investigator (PI) of the Chicana/x Latina/x Working Group, which serves to continue research and create dialog on the influence of Chicana and Latina feminisms.

Her goals are to provide resources that are accessible to the TTU campus community, provide leadership and research skills in the areas of diversity and Latino/Hispanic studies, as well as in the promotion of students, staff, and faculty in their own studies and professional and personal development.
Research interests include librarianship, women's & gender studies, Chicana/Latina feminism & studies, diversity, equity, and inclusion studies, diversity within administration/management positions in the library and higher education, faculty mentoring, co-culture mentoring, and Hispanic, Chicana/o, Latina/o, culture, heritage and growth, to name a few. 


WGS Celebrates 40 years at Texas Tech University


TechSan Texas Tech's Fall 2021 Alumni magazine[SE1] , Volume 74, Number 4, pages 25-27.


Dra. Sotomayor's latest book: Teaching In/Between: Curating Educational Spaces with Autohistoria-Teoría and Conocimiento (Vernon Press, 2022)

The link to the Amazon page is: https://www.amazon.com/Teaching-Between-autohistoria-teor%C3%ADa-conocimiento-Interpreting/dp/1648891225/ 


WGS would also like to recognize Dr. Sotomayor for her recent publication of art (Gritos) and poetry (In the name of...) in this Open Access Visual Culture & Gender Journal: http://vcg.emitto.net/index.php/vcg




Sexism Cinema Information

Sexism|Cinema is a feminist film series in Lubbock, Texas. Selected films feature female protagonists, and our in-person screenings are followed by a 30-minute discussion led by expert guest speakers or Texas Tech faculty at the Alamo Drafthouse.


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