Welcome to the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and
Women's Studies

The Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University welcomes students interested in the study of women, gender, sexuality, and feminism. The department’s interdisciplinary degree programs and faculty offer courses in a wide range of subject areas in the social sciences, humanities, natural/applied sciences, and contemporary arts.

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Helen Leung has done an interview on CBC radio about the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, interpreting it through the lens of culture and identity rather than politics.  Her comments are quite fascinating.  Check the interview out at:


Click on the October 2 podcast.  Her interview comes on at about 1:20:00.

GSWS Alumni Alexa Dredge is one of the co-founders of Hollaback! Vancouver.  Media coverage includes  Georgia Straight and CBC

Ruth Wynn Woodward Junior Chair Tiffany Muller Myrdahl commenting on street harassment in Vancouver women who are being harassed need to Hollaback! (with video) article in The Province.

Listen to GSWS Lecturer Lucas Crawford live on CBC Radio One at 1 PM (Pacific) or listen at the link here for his take on the call for the Quebec's health minister to lose weight and public perceptions/phobias on fat.

GSWS undergraduate students Alexa Dredge & Katie Nordgren made the front page of The Province for their blog, Harassment on Translink. 

Lucas Crawford, The Georgia Straight on-line:
Fat Matters events aim to change conversation about fatness in Vancouver

Historian Willeen Keough Takes on Housing Justice Struggles

Gendered Tensions Across History: Dr. Lara Campbell on Emerging Research and Contexts

Helen Leung, Simon Fraser University (SFU): GSWS 100  - video

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Marjorie Griffin Cohen has received this year's President's Media Relations Life-Time Achievement Award.  Over the years, Marjorie has contributed unstintingly to public conversations about important issues of the day, including the environment, BC Hydro rate increases, gender and work, temporary foreign workers, the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline, and the Living Wage Campaign.  Her opinions have been solicited by local, provincial, national, and international media.  Her expertise and ability to articulate arguments clearly and passionately have earned her recognition and trust as one of our most significant public commentators.

GSWS Fall 2013 Newsletter Click here to read!

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Department of
Gender, Sexuality, and
Women's Studies

8888 University Drive,
Burnaby, BC Canada
V5A 1S6

Phone: (778) 782-3333
Fax: (778) 782-5518