GSWS and the Penn Women's Center celebrate their 40th anniversary with a conference 2/27 and 2/28!!

Please SAVE THE DATE for our upcoming GSWS 40th Anniversary Conference! 


In the Spring of 1973 faculty, staff, students and community members staged a sit-in in College Hall in response to a series of rapes on campus and demanded that Penn improve the campus environment for women. This multi-day protest galvanized a series of transformations including the establishment of a women’s center, the appointment of the first victim support specialist, and the development of courses on women and gender.

Forty years on, Penn’s Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program and the Penn Women’s Center invite you to celebrate this landmark anniversary at a two-day conference featuring faculty and student panels on a range of topics, including the role of gender in art, literature, health care, the labor market, and religion. Join us in lively discussions as we reflect upon past achievements, present challenges, and opportunities for gender-based scholarship and activism. Conference highlights include panels of key members of the Penn community whose activism forty years ago set in motion a transformation in the position of women on campus, and a keynote lecture by author and founder of Feministing.com, Jessica Valenti.

Free and open to the public. Plenary lunch session only requires RSVP.

For more information, a full schedule of events, and the registration for the plenary lunch session, please click HERE

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