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The Women's & Gender Studies is looking forward to this coming semester and we have a number of events scheduled. We will be hosting three "brown bag" discussions (Feminist Forums), the annual Gender & Gender Identity Colloquium, and a guest speaker talk with White House Correspondent and Bureau Chief for The Talk Radio News Service, Ellen Ratner. Also, we will be working with other Texas Tech departments and student organizations to support events surrounding the national and internationally recognized annual GLBT History (Awareness) Month and YWCA Week Without Violence in October. Events in the past have included guest panel discussions, a film series, a cadlelight vigil and literary reading performances.

Women's Studies is also pleased to support the 2011 Inaugural Women In Leadership Symposium sponsored by The Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement in partnership with the Texas Diversity Council. The program will consist of a panel discussion, which will feature topics relating to the theme, “Women in Leadership: Rising Above the Ordinary.” For specific details on these and other events, please check out our event calendar.

We wish you a great semester and we hope you will be able to attend and/or add these announcements as part of your curriculum for extra credit. Thank you again for your continued support.


We are pleased to announce the following students as recipients of the FY2011-2012 scholarship awards: More

Florence Brown En Avant Club Scholarship
- Rahel Tekola, Major - Political Science
- Jacylyn Merlo, Major - Biology

Gwen Sorell Scholarship Endowment
- Marissa Bell, Major - Community Family Addiction Studies

Rae Nell Griggs Scholarship Endowment
- Katy Ballard, Major - Fine Arts, PhD Program



The University offers a minor in Women's Studies.  Goals of the minor include helping student's interpret concepts of gender and gendered identities in different social, cultural and political contexts. We also participate in the Graduate Certificate Program. Graduate certificates are intended to meet the supplemental post-baccalaureate education needs of professionals. A graduate certificate program is a set of courses that provides in-depth knowledge in a subject matter. The set of courses provides a coherent knowledge base. Contact the Women's Studies Coordinator to make an appointment to be advised.

  • WS 2300 "Intro to Women's Studies"
  • WS 4310 "Feminist Thought & Theory
  • WS 5310 "Feminist Thought & Theory"
  • CROSS-LISTED Courses....More
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The Women's Studies Program celebrated “Women's Equality Day" by hosting a public forum” at 12 p.m. on August 26 in the Teaching and Learning Technology Center (TLTC) room 153 of the University Library. Within this forum we discussed the historical and present day political arguments for and against the introduction of the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) and where it stands today. More


Three forums will be offered throughout the fall semester

feminist teacher
The Feminist Forum is designed to continue discussions and to create new discussions around feminism past, present and future. The first forum in the series is "The Feminist Teacher" which will be held on Friday, September 16, in the TLTC (Teaching, Learning & Technology Center) University Library, RM 153 from 12 p.m.-1:00 p.m., with guest panelist; Linda Kaye Larrabee, MA, Visiting Instructor, Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work, Sara Peso White, M. Ed, Ph.D. (ABD) Women's & Gender Studies, Dr. Trenia Walker, Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education, and Dr. Aretha F. Marbley, Professor, Education Dean's Office. More


Ellen Ratner is the White House Correspondent and Bureau Chief for The Talk Radio News Service, covering the White House and providing exclusive reports to talk radio stations from the Congress and government agencies. In addition, she is a credentialed reporter at the United Nations in New York where Talk Radio News Service has a bureau. Ms. Ratner is currently seen on Fox News'“The Strategy Room” and is heard on over 400 radio stations across the United States. a public forum” at 12 p.m. on September 20th in the Teaching and Learning Technology Center (TLTC) room 153 of the University Library. More


Women in Leadership: Rising Above the Ordinary

women in leadership symposium
The Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement is pleased to announce the Inaugural Women in Leadership Symposium in partnership with the Texas Diversity Council. The program will consist of a panel discussion, which will feature topics relating to the theme, “Women in Leadership: Rising Above the Ordinary.” The symposium will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Merket Alumni Center on the Texas Tech Campus at 17th & University ... More



The Women's & Gender Studies organizes a Fall Colloquium to provide the academic community an opportunity to present papers on, analyze, and discuss a specific topic. This years colloquium will be held on Friday, October 28, 8:30 a.m . - 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union (upper level) Mesa room. The purpose of the Gender & Gender Identity colloquium is to highlight feminist research and debates over the meanings of gender. Topics have included gender and media, gender and political activism, cultural construction of gender, and psychology of sex roles. This event is FREE and open to the public. A call for papers is currently open and the deadline for submissions is October 14. More

doak hall


The Women's Studies Program office has moved to DOAK Hall RM's 123 & 125. The Women's Studies main phone number 742-4335 will not change. The mail stop will also remain the same, MS 2009. Administrative Staff and Instructors will be located in RM 123 and the Edna Maynard Gott Memorial Library will be located in RM 125.


Online search option and check out system coming soon!

Edna Maynard Gott Memorial lending library

Women's Studies is home to The Edna Maynard Gott Memorial Library founded in 1995 honoring Dr. Edna Gott, first woman awarded tenure in the Department of Economics. Materials provided by the College of Human Science and Preston F. Gott (1919-2002), Professor Emeritus of Physics. Edna Maynard Gott was a founding member of the Women's & Gender Studies. More


This semester has plenty to offer a student interested in becoming more involved on campus. The following Texas Tech registered organizations are beginning to meet and discuss upcoming events and planning. Click on the links below to find out more about when and where they are meeting. More

kudos KUDOS

We recognize the following Affiliated Faculty and Women's Studies Students for their achievements

Dr. Laura Beard, Professor, CMLL - Interview by the American Association of University Women, Former AAUW Fellowship Award Recipient Interview

AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research

Dr. Aretha Marbley, Professor, Education - "Women Faculty of Color: Voices, Gender, and the Expression of Our Multiple Identities within Academe" (2011-0337) has been accepted for publication in Advancing Women in Leadership Journal.

Advancing Women in Leadership Vol. 31, pp. 166-174, 2011
Available online at http://advancingwomen.com/awl/awl_wordpress/
ISSN 1093-7099

Women's Studies Undergraduate Minor LaTreshia Hamilton (Senior, Major Psychology) was chosen for the President's Congressional Internship Program In Washington DC this fall. She will be interning for US Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee (18th District of Texas). Please send ‘kudos' information to KUDOS *, and we'll try to spread good news campus wide! More



The Women's & Gender Studies is pleased to be a part of the GLBTQ History (Awareness) Month of October, a month-long annual international and national observance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. October was chosen because of the recognized National Coming Out Day already established as a widely known event on October 11. In addition, October commemorated the first march on Washington by GLBTQ people in 1979. More

domestic violenceWEEK WITHOUT VIOLENCE

"Week Without Violence" is an annual worldwide campaign that takes place in the third week of October to encourage communities to think and act towards a world without violence. The YWCA Week Without Violence was launched in 1995 and has grown from a grassroots initiative into a global movement with women, men and children participating in events in over 20 countries. YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. More


Call for Papers/Panels/Presentations

women conference
In 1984, The First All-University Conference on the Advancement of Women in Academia was held. This conference occurs each Spring on the campus of Texas Tech University. A local, state and national call for papers is sent out each year to help promote academic research. Over the year's the theme of the conference has merged with present day discourse of examining the cultural and social construction of gender, exploring the history, experiences and contributions of women to society, and studying the influences of gender on the lives of women and men. Friday | April 13, 2012 More


  • Women's Studies is Moving!
    The administrative office of the Women's & Gender Studies is moving to DOAK Hall RM's 123 & 125 on Thursday, September, 1st




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