Friends of Women's Studies

The Friends of Women's Studies program at the College of William & Mary is designed to build a community that honors women's voices and fosters a more inclusive, transformative understanding of women and their experiences. It offers a forum in which students, faculty and community members can explore feminist research on women and gender, learn about issues affecting the lives of women around the world, and share their ideas in a variety of formal and informal settings.

The Friends of Women's Studies program is designed to:
  • Encourage community involvement in Women's Studies events and with GSWS faculty and students
  • Increase awareness and foster discussion of issues affecting women's lives
  • Support the activities of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program
  • Promote development of women as leaders, scholars, performers, and activists
  • Sponsor events and activities that honor and empower women
Annual membership includes:
Friend level ($35)
  • GSWS/Africana Studies brownbag lecture series, Fridays at noon
  • Movies and discussion at evening forums of "Introduction to Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies" course, Tuesday evenings, spring semester
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program newsletter
  • Borrowing rights from Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies library
  • Visitor's parking permit
Founding Member level ($75)

All the above plus:

  • Regular book/movie discussion group with Friends, faculty and students
Employees of William & Mary
  • Friends level free
  • Founding Member level $20
Comments from current Friends:

“Joining the Friends program is a great way to reach back and reconnect
with your college roots.  I have truly enjoyed the book club, and the
chance to discuss books with, and hear the varied perspectives of, older
women like myself and current college students.”  Nancy Kahn Bolash (Founding Friend)

"The Women’s Studies book discussions have been both informative and personal.  The William and Mary graduate student, as the coordinator, facilitated the exchange in a relaxed, open, yet dynamic atmosphere.
I am coming back this year for more!"  Marie Barthelemy (Founding Friend)

Join Friends of Women's Studies!