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Our Mission

Breaking new intellectual ground in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


The GCWS Mission Statement

The Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality, hosted by MIT, brings together feminist scholars and teachers from nine Boston area institutions for the purpose of advancing interdisciplinary, intersectional feminist scholarship and teaching in the areas of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.  The consortium is committed to the following:


  • Exploring the intersections of power and identity, including but not limited to gender, race, ethnicity, class, physical ability, nationality, religion, and language

  • Cultivating collaborative intellectual communities across fields and disciplines

  • Supporting innovative pedagogical practices

  • Contributing to the professional development of students and faculty

  • Providing a sustainable model of institutional collaboration


In line with the history of women’s studies, GCWS relies on shared expertise, wisdom, and vision to work toward a more just and equitable future for all people.