For five decades CSWS has funded feminist scholarship at the University of Oregon. Our mission is simple: we create, fund, share, and support research that addresses the complicated nature of gender identities and inequalities.

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Our faculty and student affiliates generate wide-ranging research on the complexity of women’s lives and the intersecting nature of gender identities and inequalities. Discover what we are working on.


For five decades, we have funded feminist scholarship at the University of Oregon. Read about our present opportunities and past awards


As a research center, we disseminate new knowledge on the complicated nature of gender identities and inequalities with other scholars and educators, the public, policymakers, and activists. Keep in touch with the latest news, publications, and media.


Through event programming and special initiatives, we foster networking, collaboration, and mentorship within our vibrant community of feminist scholars.  Learn more about how to get involved.

Feminist Futures: CSWS 50th Anniversary

The Center for the Study of Women in Society is celebrating 50 years of enriching the University of Oregon community. Starting in Spring 2023, our year-long celebration will include invited speakers, exhibits, performances, and events that speak to intersectional feminist research and the ways in which gender, race, class, ability, and sexual orientation intersect and inform our visions of social justice. As the Center looks ahead to our next five decades, we will explore both the promises for and the imperilment of our “feminist futures” within fraught social, political, and environmental landscapes both nationally and globally. 
CSWS 50th Anniversary Logo

Upcoming Events

CSWS Grant Writing Workshop at Knight Library

CSWS is offering a graduate student grant writing workshop with Michael Murashige, writing consultant for the Center on Diversity and Community (CoDaC), from 12–1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6, in the Knight Library DREAM Lab. The workshop will help graduate students write a strong CSWS grant application by reviewing important elements and some common oversights. Register here:https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/d0f59843627943449d4fc82f71410e5f

Dec 06 - 12:00pm

Special Collections Research Fellows Speaker Series

Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) is pleased to host an ongoing series of lectures by traveling fellows whose research and expertise include feminist science fiction, Oregon lesbian intentional communities, the novelist Ken Kesey, conservative and libertarian political movements, as well as print and print culture. Talks are free, open to the public and held virtually on Zoom. More information, including applications for future fellowships, is available on SCUA’s website here.

Jan 18 - 12:00pm

Ari Melenciano: “Sculpting Consciousness: Mythopoesis, AI, and the Symphony of Cultural Metacognition” at Lawrence Hall

University of Oregon Visiting Artist Lecture Series
Presented by the Department of Art and Center for Art Research

Jan 18 - 4:00pm


OVPRI features CSWS in Research News

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) will be featuring the Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS) in its upcoming Pursuit newsletter. The article, "Gender Research Opens Pathways for Feminist Futures," will help to broaden awareness of the CSWS mission, anniversary events, and DuckFunder campaign to benefit undergraduate research and skill-building in the region.

History Symposium to Highlight Role of Women in Science

From Around the O—An upcoming symposium organized by the Department of History, with many co-sponsors from across the University of Oregon, will highlight the role of women in science for the past 600 years. It is one of the events marking the 50th anniversary of the UO’s Center for the Study of Women in Society.


CSWS 50th Anniversary DuckFunder Campaign
Agents of Change: A legacy of feminist research, teaching, and activism at the University of Oregon
Interview with Krystale Littlejohn

History of CSWS

For 50 years CSWS has funded feminist scholarship at the University of Oregon. Our mission is simple: we create, fund, and share research that addresses the complicated nature of gender identities and inequalities.

Our ability to do this resulted from an incredible act of generosity. In 1983, the hard work and vision of faculty members working in what was then called the Center for the Sociological Study of Women attracted the attention of Fortune magazine editor William Harris. His endowment, the largest single gift ever given to the university at that time, was given in memory of his wife, Jane Grant, an early feminist and co-founder of The New Yorker.

historical photo, group shot