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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.



Ph.D. student Katherine Ayers being inducted into the Academy of Teaching Excellence for GTAs.  Katherine is shown below with Dr. Karen P. DePauw Vice President and Dean of Graduate Education.

    Katie Ayers





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.



WGS homepage

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

Tuesday, September 29, 2015: Surge 104D; 7:00-8:00pm: Through the Feminist Eyes speaker series: "With Feminist Ears: An Anthropology of Senegalese Women's Sound" presented by Dr. Ali Colleen Neff.

Monday, October 5, 2015: Torgerson 3100: 7:00pm: "Fighting machines: Re-imagining physical conflict and gender disparities through the martial arts"  presented by Dr. Susan Schorn, University of Texas. Author and martial artist.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015: Surge 104D; 7:00-8:00pm: Through the Feminist Eyes speaker series: "Strange Bedfellows: Surprising Allies in the Pre-Roe Fight for Birth Control and Abortion" presented by Dr. David Cline.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015: Engel 223; 7:00-8:00pm: Through the Feminist Eyes speaker series: "I Had to Be a Bitch': Gender, Race and Class in STEM Education" presented by Dr. Sarah Ovink.