At Emory & Henry, we see Women & Gender Studies as both an academic discipline and an opportunity to participate in the community.

This interdisciplinary field examines our cultural and biological understandings of gender and sexuality through a variety of theoretical lenses:  sociology, biology, psychology, literature, economics, political science, mass communications, and more. We explore significant questions: What does it mean in a culture to be “female” or “male”? Or neither? How do we understand sexual attraction and identity? How do we perform our masculine or feminine or non-binary genders in public and private?

But gender doesn’t exist in isolation. We also explore how gender intersects with race, class, region, and other aspects of identity. Gender is a fundamental category of analysis as we seek to understand the operations of power and inequality in society.

Student Research

  • <h4 class="lw_blurbs_title">Gender in the Corona Virus Era</h4><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p><picture class="lw_image lw_image8313 lw_align_left lw_block"><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/107/width/500/height/280/8313_Screen_Shot_2020-06-23_at_9.21.12_AM.rev.1592920625.webp 2x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/png" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/107/width/500/height/280/8313_Screen_Shot_2020-06-23_at_9.21.12_AM.rev.1592920625.png 2x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/107/width/611/height/342/8313_Screen_Shot_2020-06-23_at_9.21.12_AM.rev.1592920625.webp 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/png" srcset="/live/image/gid/107/width/611/height/342/8313_Screen_Shot_2020-06-23_at_9.21.12_AM.rev.1592920625.png 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><img alt="Graph of Women as essential workers." data-caption="Graph of Women as essential workers." src="/live/image/gid/107/width/611/height/342/8313_Screen_Shot_2020-06-23_at_9.21.12_AM.rev.1592920625.png" title="Gender and COVID" data-max-w="1173" data-max-h="657" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></p><p> Students in the WGST 200 level class created a document on “Gender in the Corona Virus Era” to address the importance of injustices occurring. The project is intended to serve as an interdisciplinary outline of the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the struggles faced by women and other minorities every day. <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">You can view the project here.</a></p></div>