the Women's and Gender studies program
VSU's Women’s and Gender Studies program is an interdisciplinary field of scholarship devoted to the study of women and gender as a social construction, one that intersects with class, race, age, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and sexual identity. Our faculty and students are both scholars and feminist activists, pursuing intellectual work and achievement with a vision of social justice. In WGST, we explore the connections between academic inquiry and personal life, therefore, students have a unique opportunity to participate in process-oriented classrooms, where they are expected to be active participants in their own learning. We hope you will take a few minutes to explore our web site and learn more about our minor and social justice work.
Upcoming events include:
ONE BILLING RISING
ONE BILLION RISING began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during their lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS.
On February 14, 2013, V-Day's 15th anniversary, the Women's and Gender Studies Program will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and women and men across the world as we express our outrage, demand change, strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN.
COME JOIN US ON THE VSU FRONT LAWN FROM ON FEBRUARY 14, 2012
VSU V-Day: "The Vagina Monologues"
MARCH 7TH, 8TH, AND 9TH 2013 IN THE STUDENT UNION THEATER 7:00PM
Prices are $5 for students (with ID) and $10 for general public
The Vagina Monologues is an Obie Award winning play written by Eve Ensler. The play is based on Ensler's interviews with over 200 women about their memories and experiences of sexuality. It is a celebration of female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery. It encourages the audience to think of women as sexual beings who are entitled to express sexual feelings and enjoy sexual experiences free of shame and guilt. Encourages people to think more deeply about violence against women and how it affects their lives and the lives of those around them.
Until The Violence Stops!
Proceeds from ticket sales and revenue raised go to support beneficiaries working to end violence against women. Ten percent of the net profits from VSU’s benefit production of “The Vagina Monologues” will be donated to the V-Day 2012 Spotlight: The Women and Girls of Haiti. The rest of the proceeds will go to support the Women’s and Gender Sexual Violence Education Program.
The Bandana Project
April 9 2013 - April 18, 2012 @ 10:00am - 2:00pm Pedestrian Mall
WGST will hang a Bandana Display on the Pedestrian Mall. Please come by and decorate a bandana to show your solidarity with the fight to end workplace sexual violence against migrant farm worker women. The Bandana Project is a public awareness campaign aimed at addressing the issue of workplace sexual violence against migrant farm worker women in the United States. White bandanas are used as a symbol of the sexual exploitation of farm worker women because farm worker women have said they use their clothes, including bandanas, to protect them from sexual harassment and sexual assault in the work place.