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Women's & Gender Studies


Women's & Gender Studies

The Women's & Gender Studies program at Virginia Tech presents students with new ways of thinking about how race, class, and sexuality shape our society and our experiences in it.



Women's and Gender Studies undergraduate student Katie Coulter to be featured Thursday, September 25, 2014 on the MSNBC website as part of their Women in Politics: College Edition. The project is part of a larger MSNBC "Women in 2014" series which features female politicians running for election in the mid-term races.

"Wendy Davis, Hilary Clinton's pictures are right there, I'm on the same [web] platform as them - they're the people I want to become," Coulter said. "Honestly I can't wait to see it. It's really cool."  Click here for the full story.



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Suchitra Samanta, winner of the 2012 Sporn Teaching Award, pictured with (WGS director) Katy Powell and Barbara Ellen Smith.



Award-winning faculty members teach courses to over 800 Virginia Tech students each year.

Students can major in Sociology with an option in Women's and Gender Studies.

Many students choose to minor in Women's & Gender Studies because our program complements so many other majors.


We also offer a 9-hour Graduate Certificate -- and interdisciplinary, cross-cultural study of gender in social structure, history, culture, and technology.

Our biannual conference on Gender, Bodies, and Technology

    GBT Conference

Central to the mission of Women's & Gender Studies at Virginia Tech is the empowerment of women, in both the academy and our larger society

Contact Information

Dr. Katrina M. Powell
507 McBryde Hall (0137)
225 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
P: (540) 231-8971  for staff assistance


Upcoming Events

  • February 27, 2015 thru May 16, 2015: Reconstituting The Vanished: Gender, Memory, and Placemaking in the Delta South presents the collaborations of Lynda Frese and Barbara Allen. The exhibit will be displayed in Perspective Gallery from February 27 to May 16. Located on the second floor of Squires Student Center, the Perspective Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.
  • April 17, 2015: 9:00am-5:00pm: Kelly Hall room 310: Women's and Gender Studies Student Conference the conference provides a space for students to share their research regarding social justice and resistance involving gender, race, sexuality, disability, class. and other dimensions of inequality. All are welcome. Deadline for proposals is March 6, 2015. Please see the Call for Proposals here.