Program History

History of Women and Gender Studies at George Mason University

Women and Gender Studies began as the Women’s Resource Center in November of 1989.  In 1990, Women’s Studies was approved as the first “intercollegiate” minor and began offering courses.

Professor Karen Rosenblum served as the first Director

Rose Pascarell served as the first Associate Director

In 2009 the Women’s Resource Center and Women’s Studies were renamed as the Women and Gender Studies Program, retaining the integration of both the center and student development functions and the academic program.

In 2009 the LGBTQ focus was added as an option in the undergraduate minor

Our founding mothers include:

Paula Ruth Gilbert

Anita Taylor

Karen Rosenblum

Rose Pascarell

Today Women and Gender Studies offers a minor and two graduate programs graduating 30 students each year, offers 9 courses per semester, and has nearly 70 faculty affiliates

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