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Women’s Studies

Welcome to the Women’s Studies Program at Providence College! Our program offers students a rigorous interdisciplinary major, minor, and a core focus, drawn from a rich and diverse array of courses taught by an enthusiastic and passionate faculty. Women’s Studies courses place women’s lives, perspectives, and experiences at the center of inquiry, and emphasize race, class, gender, sexuality, culture, ethnicity, nationality, age, and ableism as intersecting categories of analysis.

The Women’s Studies Program encourages active learning and critical thinking inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to a well-rounded academic course of study, the program supports through co-sponsorship with other departments and programs and in collaboration with student groups and organizations, a robust schedule of lectures, discussions, panels, screenings, and workshops throughout the academic year. The Women’s Studies Program also encourages student engagement and involvement in local women-centered community organizations with whom we have long-standing relationships and partnerships.

The interdisciplinary framework of the Women’s Studies Program combines easily and constructively with other majors and minors — for instance Women’s Studies students can combine their majors and minors with majors and minors in Sociology, Political Science, English, Health Policy Management, Black Studies, American Studies, History, Global Studies, Biology, Business, Social Work, Languages, Art and Art History, and Theater, Dance, and Film. Recent graduates in Women’s Studies have gone on to careers and graduate study in fields as diverse as global and national health and health services, science, creative writing and publishing, business, marketing, the non-profit sector, governmental policy, law, philanthropy, counseling and psychology, secondary education, and higher education.

We invite you to peruse our Women’s Studies website to learn more about our major and minor, our course offerings, our recent campus programming, as well as local and national Women’s Studies resources and organizations.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Recent Fall 2018 Events



Poetry Reading


JUNE 5, 6, AND 7

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 4:30 – 6:00 PM, MOORE HALL 125
Sponsored by Women Empowered
Cosponsored by Brotherhood, Motherland, Simply Healthy, Afro-Am, Black Studies,
Women’s Studies & ISO.  This counts as a WMS Program Event!!

April 18, 7:00 pm, Moore Hall 125, BMSA Diversity Committee presents….#WhyIStayed:  A Discussion on Domestic Abuse with Beverly Goodin.
This counts as a Women’s Studies Program Event!!

TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 7 – 11 PM, Moore Hall Lounge.  Sponsored by Women Will, Women Empowered, and The Personal Counseling Center.  This counts as a WMS Program Event!!

Take Back The Night

TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 5:30 PM IN BALFOUR UNITY CENTER, SLAVIN LL03. Black Women in Film Series, MUDBOUND, Hosted by the Black Studies Program. This counts as a WMS Program Event!!

FRIDAY, MARCH 23: 6:00-8:00 PM; Starts in Slavin Center; Ends in Ruane 105 (RESCHEDULED FROM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 DUE TO WEATHER)
March Against Homophobia and Transphobia: Join Us to Stand in Solidarity with the LGBTQ* Community
Organized by SHEPARD.

We hope to see you there!!!

March Against Homophobia and Transphobia

TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 7 PM in Ruane 105, with Free Pizza!

Screening and Discussion (led by Dr. Margaret Manchester) of the film Wonder Women.

Organized by Dr. Manchester of History and Women’s Studies, with co-sponsorship from Women’s Studies, Women Will, and American Studies.

We hope to see you there!!!

Wonder Woman Movie

MONDAY, MARCH 19: 6-9 PM in McPhails:

Women of PC Appreciation Event: In Celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day

Includes a faculty panel; a panel of women student leaders of women, gender, and intersectional-centered advocacy and justice groups on campus; a performance by BOW/Spoken Word; and a performance by ANACLASTIC.

Organized by BOP with participation and publicity support from Women’s Studies and women’s and gender and intersectional justice-centered student groups on campus–including BMSA, Women Empowered, Women Will, and SHEPARD.

We hope to see you there!!!

Women of Appreciation

Wednesday, February 21, 11:30am-1:00pm, Aquinas Lounge

Unequal Coverage: Book Launch and Public Lecture.

Come Out To hear Women’s Studies Affiliated faculty member, Jessica Mulligan, speak about her new co-edited book,  Unequal Coverage: The Experience of Health Care Reform in the United States. This Counts as a Women’s Studies Event!!


Wednesday, February 21, 7 PM, Saturday, February 24, 1 PM

The Vagina Monologues (two shows). Organized and performed by PC students. Wednesday, February 21, 7 PM; Saturday, February 24, at 1 PM, at the Columbus Theater, 270 Broadway, in Providence. Tickets are 12 dollars for non-students, 8 dollars for students, and can be purchased at the door via cash or check, or at pcvday2018@outlook.com. All proceeds benefit the Sojourner House, a resource and advocacy center for victims of domestic abuse, and the VDay organization, a global movement to end violence against women and girls around the world. Donate to the cause at https://www.gofundme.com/vday2018.  This counts as a Women’s Studies Event.

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Tuesday, February 20, at 5 PM in the Ruane Great Room

The Women’s Studies Program Enthusiastically Invites You to Join Us for a Talk By Dr. Theresa Walton-Fisette
This Counts as Women’s Studies Event!!
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Fall 2017 Events


Attention Women’s Studies Community!! Upcoming Reading and Book Signing with Poet Natasha Trethewey!! See Flyer Below. Please Note That This Event Counts as a Women’s Studies Event!!


This event is Co-sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program and counts as a WMS Event!

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This counts as a Women’s Studies Program Event!



Take Note! The Black Women and Girls Symposium is coming up soon!

Friday, September 8, Keynote Address at 6:15 PM; Saturday, September 9, Panels All Day! Address and Panels are free and open to the public. See http://bwgsymposium.org/ for registration details and more!



Recent News & Events

2017 Award Winners:

Congratulations to our graduating Women’s Studies award winners, left to right, Molly O’ Leary, Joanna Riccitelli, Victoria Graceffa, and Aoua Coumbassa. And congratulations to ALL of our Women’s Studies graduating seniors!!! You will be greatly missed!! We are so excited for you–please do keep in touch!


Speaking of all of our graduating seniors, here they are, below, in their last official Women’s Studies Capstone course of 2017, with the amazing Dr. Gloria-Jean Masciarotte, the winner of the Providence College 2016-2017 Recognition for Teaching Excellence by Adjunct Faculty Award! Congratulations to Dr. Masciarotte!! The Providence College Women’s Studies Program is beyond lucky to have you on board.


Finally, check out our group photo from our Senior-Faculty Dinner to celebrate all of graduating seniors–go Women’s Studies students of the class of 2017!! The sky is the limit!! We are very proud of each and every one of you, and, again, please do keep in touch!


Monday, April 24, 7 PM, in Guzman Hall Room 250

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This counts as a Women’s Studies event!

Monday, April 10th, Ruane Great Room, 2:30pm – 3:30pm

The Providence College Department of Psychology presents: Dr. Michelle “Mikki” Hebl, Rice University, Professor of Psychology & Professor of Management

Title: “The Power of FeMANists on Influencing Gender Equity”

Abstract: In this talk, Dr. Hebl will describe her recent research examining the role that men can play in advancing positive attitudes and behaviors toward gender equity. She will discuss four studies that show a) men are not very persuaded by women who are advancing gender equity, and b) men are more persuaded by other men to feel more favorably about, intend to engage, and actually engage in behaviors that promote equitable outcomes and action.

* Presentation made possible through the generosity of the Krakowski family. *

This counts as a Women’s Studies Event!

Monday, April 10 at 7 pm, in the Fiondella Great Room

A Talk by Lauren Marino (class of 1989)

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This counts as a Women’s Studies event!

Thursday, April 6, 5:30 – 7:30 PM, Balfour Unity Center

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This counts as a Women’s Studies Event!

Thursday, April 6, Panel Discussion on Sexual Assault 

Organized by the Sociology Club, 7:30 PM; Slavin Overlook Lounge


This counts as a Women’s Studies Event!

Tuesday, April 4, 7:30-11:30 PM, 64 Hall

Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night.jpgThis counts as a Women’s Studies event!

Tuesday, April 4, 5:00 PM, Slavin 112, (Fishbowl)

Sexual Assault Panel, organized by the Sociology Club

This counts as a Women’s Studies event!

Friday, March 31, 2017

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MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017, 4:30pm, MOORE HALL III

The Office of Institutional Diversity at Providence College presents

Beyond Cynicism and Good Intentions:

The Centrality of Anti-Racist Movements in the Struggle for Justice

A lecture and Q&A featuring


Author of Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction and

Assistant Professor of History/University of Florida

This counts as a Women’s Studies event!