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Women's and Gender Studies


The Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Montgomery College offers several scholarships of at least $500 to eligible students each spring. 

Applicants must be enrolled in courses at Montgomery College during the current academic year.

See the Scholarships page for details.  The deadline for applying is Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

"Clothesline Project" on the Germantown Campus

Clothesline Project

In honor of domestic violence awareness month, student activists from Dr. Joanne Bagshaw's WMST 101 class re-created The Clothesline Project near the bookstore.

T-Shirts were created by students and a provide a testimony on the experience and effects of intimate partner violence.

The Clothesline Project will be available until October 23.

Clothesline Project Display


Saturday, March 7, 2015
Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD 21251

The Biennial Intersections Symposium: Sexuality, Gender, Race, and Ethnicity
2015 Theme: Masculinities

Presented by the Morgan State University Program in Women’s and Gender Studies
Keynote speakers: Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, Professor or African and African American Studies, Duke University;
and Mr. Kylar Broadus, Founder, Trans People of Color Coalition

Deadline November 15, 2014.  See Events page for details.

The Women's and Gender Studies Program
Wins the 2014 AAWCC Community College Award

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The Montgomery College Women's and Gender Studies Program (WGSP) has received the 2014 Community College Award from the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC)

Excerpts from scholarship winners' application essays were selected for use in the event's program, underscoring their leadership in women's, gender-related or other socially conscious program, including this one:

                                            "I believe when women are visible and have their own voice in major institutions,
                                           their voices can bridge a gender gap and promote gender equality in every society."   


The Women's and Gender Studies Program offers courses about women and gender for both women and men. 

The program is designed to explore the experiences and contributions of women to their cultures. 

Informed by feminist theory, Women's Studies courses:

  • challenge false assumptions and theories about women, race, and class
  • encourage rigorous critical thinking
  • raise issues of gender bias and the subjective nature of knowledge
  • support women's development as individuals and as participating members of their larger communities
  • expand women's and men's options beyond the limits of traditional gender roles.

These writing-intensive courses help students consider the difference that gender makes in family relationships, friendships, education, and work. They are comfortable settings for delving into feminist scholarship and theory.

In addition to the interdisciplinary introductory course on women's and gender studies, courses in the program include:  women's history, literature, sociology, psychology, physical education, and women's health.

Honors modules are available for some classes. Service learning and internship opportunities are frequently offered. Opportunities to pursue independent study projects are also available.

Germantown Campus Coordinator

Professor Joanne Bagshaw
20200 Observation Dr.
Germantown, MD 20876

(240) 567-1977

Collegewide and Rockville 
Collegewide Women's and Gender Studies ProgramDirector

Professor Genevieve Carminati
51 Mannakee Street
Rockville, MD 20850
(240) 567-7446

Om Rusten, Administrative Aide, 240-567-4100

Takoma Park/Silver Spring Coordinator 

Professor Bess Vincent

7600 Takoma Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

(240) 567-1397

Nancy Nyland , Webmaster, (240) 567-7854

Index page last updated October 22, 2014


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