The first women’s studies programs in the United States and Canada made room for feminist scholars to research women’s experiences and women’s contributions to art, politics, history, and philosophy.
Today, feminist scholarship in Women’s and Gender Studies is less centered on the category of “woman” and more focused on understanding gender as one of many interconnected social formations.
Research in our field is intersectional, which means that when we set out to understand social structures and human experiences, we recognize the ways that gender, race, class, sexuality, nation, age, and ability must be understood in relation to one another. Women's & Gender Studies research is also political and scholars in the field are generally committed to the broad goals of social justice.
This means that feminist researchers are interested not only in understanding the world, but we hope also to make a difference.