Women and Gender Studies Program


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Sun Journal published USM faculty member's plan inspired by #metoo campaign

The ongoing #metoo campaign — encouraging women to speak out about sexual assaults — led part-time USM faculty member Kimberly Simmons to create an action plan to create change.

Congratulations to WGS student, Katie Muriel, on her UROP funding for 2017-2018

Congratulations to WGS student, Katie Muriel, on her UROP funding for 2017-2018

WGS heads to Iceland!

Women and Gender Studies has been awarded a Maine Economic Improvement Fund planning grant. The project funded, “Promoting Gender Equity in Maine by Applying Lessons from Viking Economics” seeks to explore the key policy drivers and economic practices used in Iceland to open economic opportunities for women in industries that are important to Maine and Icelandic economies.

Congratulations to WGS student, Reilly Sullivan, on her UROP funding for 2017-2018

Women & Gender Studies and English student, Reilly Sullivan, has received UROP funding for the 2017-2018 academic year! Reilly's research examines the life and literary works of African-American writer Alice-Dunbar Nelson in relation to concepts of region and place; particularly, the representation of landscapes as a locus for the articulation of womanly desires and same-sex erotic repertoires that challenges patriarchal constructions of womanhood. She will be presenting the preliminary findings of her research with her UROP mentor, Professor Lisa Walker, at the 9th annual Louisiana Studies Conference in September.

Spring 2017 Newsletter now available

Check out our newest WGS newsletter! Read about our MEIF grant to begin planning a WGS partnership with Iceland, WGS Senior Katie Muriel's publication in the book Nasty Women, and the exciting projects this year's Seniors are working on for their Capstone course.