Definition of women's studies

: the multidisciplinary study of the social status and societal contributions of women and the relationship between power and gender

Examples of women's studies in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jules Gill-Peterson, a professor of gender, sexuality and women's studies at the University of Pittsburgh, said history suggests many trans children stay hidden out of fear for their safety. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 7 June 2021 In almost every culture, there are gender roles and people who veer away from them, said Jules Gill-Peterson, associate professor of English and gender, sexuality and women's studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Lisa Selin Davis, CNN, 18 May 2021 Karla Holloway, who has taught African American studies and women's studies at Duke University, said Kelly's tweet was deeply offensive to Black women. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, 8 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of women's studies

1972, in the meaning defined above

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“Women's studies.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of women's studies

: the study of subjects relating to women, their roles in history, and their contributions to society


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