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The Program in Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies is dedicated to exploring gender identities, relations, practices, theories and institutions. The women and men who enroll in our classes each semester gain the opportunity to understand how social, historical, and psychological forces, organized by the central concept of gender, shape them as individuals; attain a fuller understanding of human behavior, culture, and society; acquaint themselves with the experiences of those of different economic classes, sexual orientations, and cultural and racial backgrounds; and transfer the critical and analytical skills they acquire in the study of gender and society to other classes, beyond the campus to other activities, and eventually to their professional careers.

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Student Voices

Sao
"Taking classes in the (Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies) department and studying a long history of institutionalized racism and sexism around the world, I’ve learned how these structures manifest as barriers to healthcare and education. GSF taught me how to think."
- Saumya Sao, 2020 GSF Graduate

Alumni Spotlight

Savannah Lynn
Class of 2018, Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion "Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies provided me with a theoretical foundation and research skills upon which to build practical strategy and programming in diversity and…
Chelsey Amelkin
"I predominantly represent poor people of color as a public defender in New York City, in a terribly racist and classist system. Being a Women's Studies graduate from Duke has helped me understand my role as a public defender in this…
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East Duke Parlors

The elegant and comfortable East Duke Parlors have been the site for countless GSF events, as well as many other Duke University lectures and meetings. With their Victorian beauty and splendor, the Pink and Blue parlors can provide your event with a memorable setting.

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