Women’s Studies is about examining the role of women in society both today and in the past, and recognizing their contributions to human achievement. As a student in this program, you’ll learn to see women’s experiences through the lens of gender, race, class and sexual orientation. You will explore historical and contemporary aspects of women’s oppression and resistance, including the experiences of marginalized women. You’ll also examine media representations of women and consumer culture, participate in Institute-sponsored lectures and develop initiatives that promote equality and social justice for all. For the latest information on programs, visit the Simone de Beauvoir Institute.
As a student in Women's Studies, you will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills listed below. Your transferrable skills can be applied to many different jobs and situations that go beyond your field of study.
Explore the social and cultural constructs of gender and their link to race, sexual orientation and socio-economic class
Examine the women’s role in society both past and present
Identify the contributions women have made and how they brought about changes in healthcare, education, justice, employment and politics
Gain insight into popular theories, research practices and methodologies associated with women’s studies
Acknowledge the importance of organizations and advocacy groups
Understand and explain inequalities and privileges
Advocate for equality effectively
Read critically and write persuasively
Explain complex concepts and ideas to others effectively
Write reports and essays
Interact with others and build professional relationships
Manage tasks and meet deadlines
Work under pressure
Influence and persuade
Make decisions and use sound judgement
Give and receive feedback
Lead and follow
Analyze and evaluate information to make a good judgement or conclusion
Understand complex problems and identify solutions
Potential work settings
Below are examples of work settings where you can gain experience and develop your skills in your field of study.
Childcare and Adoption Agencies
Economic Development and Research Councils
Government (Provincial, Federal)
Human Rights Organizations
Judicial Systems, Law Firms and Legal Aid Services
Management Consulting Firms
Market Research Firms
Newspaper, Magazine and Publishing Companies
Nonprofit and Non-Governmental Organizations
Public Interest and Policy Groups
Public Relations Firms
Radio, Television and Film
Sexual Assault Centres
Social Service Agencies
Women Rights and Services Organizations
Career Possibilities – Bachelor degree
Please note that many positions listed below may require related extra-curricular activities, volunteer or work experience.
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