Women's Studies

Jodi Beniuk and Michelle Moreno, national essay winners, with Annalee Lepp

Jodi Beniuk and Michelle Moreno, national essay winners, with A. Lepp

Léna Li at the Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Awards (JCURA) Research Fair

Léna (Boya) Li at the Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Awards Fair

Lunch with Chrystos, Menominee poet and activist

Lunch with guest speaker Chrystos, Menominee poet and activist

three women's studies students

At an event organized by Equity & Outreach (WS course union)

Fenn Olson-Mayes and research poster

Fenn Olson-Mayes researched local gyms' marketing strategies

On a women's studies co-op work term in Malaysia

On a women's studies co-op work term in Malaysia

Shift your view, change your world

In its ability to reveal different perspectives, Women's Studies, more than any other discipline, taught me "how to think" rather than "what to think."
Susan Cooper, UVic women's studies grad

Women's/Gender Studies* is about social justice for people and the planet at local and global levels. It's the only discipline that consistently examines how gender shapes people's lives, experiences, knowledge and possibilities in relation to other categories of difference (race, class, sexuality, age, ability, citizenship, geographical location, national identity, etc.). In WS/GS classrooms, you'll acquire a unique perspective on the world and your place in it, on how power works, and on how systems of inequality can be resisted and challenged. The knowledge you gain will be relevant and applicable to your live, and you'll develop essential academic, professional, leadership and activist skills.

Key areas of focus include:

  • Indigenous women and the politics of resurgence
  • human rights and development
  • health and medicalization
  • anti-racism and nationalism
  • globalization and resistance
  • girlhood studies
  • cultural production
  • masculinities
  • queer and trans theory
  • post-structuralism

*The department is in the process of changing its name to Gender Studies.

Acknowledgement of the territories

The Women's Studies department respectfully acknowledges that the University of Victoria is situated on the territory of the Coast and Straits Salish peoples and sits on the site of a former Lekwungen village.