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Centre for Women's Studies

The Centre for Women's Studies at York (CWS) is among the most well-established bases for feminist and gender-oriented teaching and research, both in the UK and internationally. Drawing on social science and arts-based methods, we explore and critique gendered ways of knowing. We adopt an inclusive, intersectional, transnational and interdisciplinary approach to the changing nature of women's experiences, gender relations and identities.

CWS is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Founded in 1984, it has become a leading centre for interdisciplinary, transnational and intersectional women's and gender studies. Look out for events across the year to mark this milestone.


Find out more about Women's Studies Now!

Find out more about CWS Student Wellbeing and Support

Sisterhood in Action 

Watch CWS's Inaugural Annual Lecture with Avtar Brah



Imagining the future of feminism in the academy

The Centre for Women’s Studies (CWS) at the University of York is one of the oldest centres for women’s and gender studies and feminist research in the UK. The Symposium is an opportunity to reflect on women’s and gender studies’ radical past and imagine the future of feminism at UoY and in the academy.  The symposium also marks the launch of the Gender Hub, an initiative to bring together the wealth of expertise within the University on gender research, teaching, policy and practice.


Researching gender-based violence: experiences, challenges and ethics

Professor Alison Phipps and myself will be running a workshop on the ethics of researching gender-based violence.