The Boston College Women’s and Gender Studies Program encourages diversity and equality in all areas of campus life. Our WGS courses and professors respect differences in background and identity, including differences in race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and class.
The WGS classroom environment is inclusive: which means that differences are not ignored, but rather that students can have space to bring their various identities into conversation.
We expect students to honor and respectfully listen to differences that may come up in the classroom setting, and to listen and respond to other points of view.
In addition, this means that students have space to bring their various identities into conversation with class material as they find helpful, but are not expected to represent or speak for an entire group of people who share aspects of an identity.
Sonya Renee Taylor is a poet, social justice activist, and founder of "My Body is Not An Apology," which is an international organization that focuses on body empowerment. Sonya is an advocate for intersectional, global justice, and her event at BC is called "10 Tools for Radical Self Love." Her presentation will incorporate poetry, lecture, and Q&A.
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
McGuinn Hall, Room 121
Stephanie Haines, M.Ed will be giving a presentation about how intersectional identities play into the public perception of body image and eating disorders. She will also talk about signs and symptoms of eating disorders, how to help others, and self-care.
7:00 PM – 8:30 AM
Cushing Hall, Room 001
Join the WGS Program for a movie marathon that is part of Women Take The Reel: Celebrating Women's History Month. Watch The Stepford Wives and Wonder Woman, followed by a discussion with BC faculty about gaps in gendered scripts in the media.
Food will be provided, and it is not required to stay the entire time.
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
McGuinn Hall, Room 121
Victoria Reggie Kennedy is President of the Board and co-founder of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States, senior counsel at law firm Greenberg Traurig in Boston, and wife of the late U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy.
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Gasson Hall, Room 100
Introduction to Feminism
This introductory course offers both an overview and a foundation for understanding the various movements that make up what has come to be called the feminist movement in the U.S. Because systems of privilege and disadvantage shape women's and men's identities and social positions in multiple and unique ways, Introduction to Feminisms analyzes gender from an interdisciplinary approach and applies numerous academic disciplinary methods to the study of gender, including history, literature, psychology, and sociology, and explores women's and men's experiences within various cultural contexts, including socioeconomic class, race and ethnicity, religion and spirituality, nations of citizenship, origin, and generation.