Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

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Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

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  • Department of Women's Studies (1991 - 7 December 2009)
  • Women's Studies Program (1976 - 1991)

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Dates of existence

1976 -

History

The Department of Women's Studies at SFU has its roots in the political climate on campus during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Some students and faculty expressed a desire to participate in research on women and the development of feminist theory. In the fall of 1971, the first course to focus on women—Geography 404: the Geography of Gender—was offered to 40 students. At the same time, SFU faculty members began to develop and participate in a series of non-credit courses relating to women's issues. As a result of the success of both Geography 404 and these non-credit courses, a proposal for a Women's Studies program was drafted. In 1975 this proposal was presented by Andrea Lebowitz and Margaret Benston to Senate and approved.

The Women's Studies program was established within the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies, and offered its first course in 1976. The program was administered by the Women's Studies Coordinating Committee, which was responsible for hiring, course development, and other administrative details. The Coordinating Committee was composed of Women's Studies faculty members, elected student representatives, and associated faculty teaching in the program.

In 1985, when the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies was eliminated, the Women's Studies program was placed in the Faculty of Arts within the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. Also in the 1980s, the Ruth Wynn Woodward Endowed Chair in Women's Studies was founded, a role that includes teaching, public speaking engagements, the organization of conferences, and the invitation of distinguished speakers. And, in 1985, the MA program was established and admitted its first students.

The 1990s brought further developments: the introduction of a certificate program in 1990; departmental status in 1991; the offering of joint majors, with English in 1991 and with Psychology in 1992; and the approval of Women's Studies as a major in 1994. Political Science and Sociology/Anthropology joint majors were added in 1997.

In 2000, the department introduced a course-based MA, followed by additional joint majors with Criminology, History, and Humanities in 2001. A PhD program was established in 2004, and a Gender Studies minor was added to the undergraduate program in the same year. By 2007-2008, there were 775 students enrolled in Women's Studies undergraduate programs and courses, with a further 23 students in the MA and PhD programs. As of 2008, there are six full-time faculty members, four faculty who are jointly appointed with another department, eight faculty from other departments who serve as associate members of the department, three professors emeritae, one adjunct faculty member, and one endowed professor. Three staff members are also employed by the department.

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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (1965 - )

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hierarchical

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1985 -

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Department of Women's Studies reports to Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies (1972 - 1985)

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hierarchical

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1976 - 1985

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Department of Women's Studies reports to Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies

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Stewart, Mary Lynn

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associative

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2006 -

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Department of Women's Studies officer Mary Lynn Stewart: Chair

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Cohen, Marjorie Griffin

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associative

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2003 - 2006

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Department of Women's Studies officer Marjorie Griffin Cohen: Chair

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Kimball, Meredith

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associative

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1999 - 2003

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Meredith Kimball officer of Department of Women's Studies: Chair

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Kimball, Meredith

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associative

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1999 -

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Meredith Kimball officer of Department of Women's Studies: Chair

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Silverman, Kaja

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associative

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1 September 1983 - 31 December 1983

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Kaja Silverman officer of Department of Women's Studies: Coordinator

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Cohen, Marjorie Griffin

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associative

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1996 - 1999

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Marjorie Griffin Cohen officer of Department of Women's Studies: Chair

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Silverman, Kaja

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associative

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1 May 1984 - 31 August 1984

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Kaja Silverman officer of Department of Women's Studies: Coordinator

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Benston, Maggie (1 October 1937 - 7 March 1991)

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associative

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1 January 1984 - 30 April 1984

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Maggie Benston officer of Department of Women's Studies: Coordinator

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Stewart, Mary Lynn

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associative

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1994 - 1996

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Mary Lynn Stewart officer of Department of Women's Studies: Chair

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Stewart, Mary Lynn

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associative

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1993 - 1994

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Mary Lynn Stewart officer of Department of Women's Studies: Coordinator

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Kimball, Meredith

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associative

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1990 - 1993

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Meredith Kimball officer of Department of Women's Studies: Coordinator

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Lebowitz, Andrea

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associative

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1989 - 1990

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Andrea Lebowitz officer of Department of Women's Studies: Coordinator

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Strong-Boag, Veronica

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associative

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1988 - 1989

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Veronica Strong-Boag officer of Department of Women's Studies: Coordinator

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Penfold, Sue

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associative

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1985

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Sue Penfold officer of Department of Women's Studies: Coordinator

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Benston, Maggie (1 October 1937 - 7 March 1991)

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associative

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1985

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Maggie Benston officer of Department of Women's Studies: Coordinator

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Kimball, Meredith

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associative

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1978 - 1979

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Meredith Kimball officer of Department of Women's Studies: Coordinator

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Lebowitz, Andrea

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associative

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1976 - 1978

Description of relationship

Andrea Lebowitz officer of Department of Women's Studies: Coordinator

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