Gender and Women’s Studies Program

Greek Drama Changes the Story About Athenian Women

Laura McClure

In high school, you might have learned that Athenian women were an oppressed and marginalized group. However, Laura McClure of the University of Wisconsin believes that Greek drama tells a different story, as she explained in a lecture sponsored by Bowdoin’s Studies in the Mediterranean course cluster.

Junior Talia Cowen’s Summer: Fighting for Women

talia cowen

As an intern for a Washington D.C. women’s rights organization, Talia Cowen ’16 has been in the thick of a few recent controversial events.

Seven Faculty Members Promoted to Full Professor


Seven Bowdoin faculty members have been promoted from the rank of associate to full professor: Aviva Briefel, Philip Camill, Kristen Ghodsee, Samuel Putnam, Patrick Rael, Shu-chin Tsui, and Tricia Welsch.

Creative Energy: Acclaimed Writers on Campus

Visiting writers 2013-2014: Russ Rymer, Susan Faludi, Sarah Braunstein, and Jaed Coffin

Right now Bowdoin is a writing powerhouse. No fewer than four illustrious writers – Susan Faludi, Russ Rymer, Jaed Coffin, and Sarah Braunstein – are on campus as visiting faculty members.

Acclaimed Author Faludi to Deliver Tallman Lecture


Acclaimed feminist writer Susan Faludi, currently Tallman Scholar in Gender and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin, will deliver a lecture on Feb. 27 as part of her 2013-2014 Tallman residency.

Tallman Scholar Susan Faludi Advises Students on Op-ed Writing

Susan Faludi with students at her recent op-ed workshop

Students packed into the Bowdoin Women’s Resource Center recently to hear a recent talk from Susan Faludi on one of her areas of expertise: women in the media.

Alchemy Talk Introduces Medieval-Early Modern Initiative

Aaron Kitch

English Department Chair Aaron Kitch presented “Queer Matter: Science and Sexuality in the Renaissance,” kicking off the faculty lecture series “Science Before Science” by the College’s new Medieval and Early Modern Studies colloquium.

Bowdoin Welcomes Writer Susan Faludi as Tallman Scholar

Susan Faludi

On the heels of the 40th anniversary of women at Bowdoin, the college is honored to welcome Susan Faludi as Tallman Scholar in Gender and Women’s Studies for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Bravo H’13 Talks Leadership in an Evolving Business World

Rose Marie Bravo

Members of the Bowdoin community flocked to Kresge Auditorium to hear honorary degree recipient Rose Marie Bravo talk with Jennifer Scanlon, professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, about leadership in a changing business world.

Scanlon Weighs In on ‘Lean In’ Meme (New York Times)

Jennifer Scanlon

A New York Times article includes input on the “lean in” phenomenon from Bowdoin professor Jennifer Scanlon.

The Hunger Games, Revisited


Kristen Ghodsee (John S. Osterweis Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies) and Aviva Briefel (Associate Professor of English and Film Studies) sit down to talk about the movie The Hunger Games.

Bowdoin’s Scanlon: ‘Helen Gurley Brown’s Other Revolutionary Idea: Saving Money is Sexy’ (Washington Post)

Jennifer Scanlon

At The Washington Post’s invitation, Helen Gurley Brown biographer Jennifer Scanlon writes not of the pithy pearls of wisdom attributed to Brown in the days since her death, but of the underlying belief Brown held that “being smart about money is sexy.”

An Ethnography of an NGO That’s Using Banana Fibers to Help Women

Lydia Singerman '13

Lydia Singerman ‘13 has a summer fellowship to do an ethnography of a nonprofit that is teaching poor women in Rwanda and other developing countries how to make and sell menstrual pads made from banana trees.

Video: Bowdoin’s Ghodsee Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

  Kristen Ghodsee, Bowdoin’s John S. Osterweis Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship to Assist Research and Artistic Creation. As a Guggenheim Fellow, Ghodsee will be investigating the history of the communist-era Bulgarian women’s movement and its influential role among progressive African women between 1968 and […]

In the Spotlight: History of Women at Bowdoin Website (WIA Report)

Women in Academia’s WIA Report highlights Bowdoin’s new website documenting 40 years of women at the College. The website is the culmination of a semester’s research by students taking the course Forty Years: The History of Women at Bowdoin, taught by Jennifer Scanlon, Bowdoin’s William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the Humanities.

Audio: Ghodsee’s ‘Lost in Transition’ Takes on The World (PRI)

  Lost in Transition: Ethnographies of Everyday Life after Communism (Durham: Duke University Press, 2011), the latest book by Kristen Ghodsee, Bowdoin’s John S. Osterweis Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, was featured in a segment airing on Public Radio International’s The World. Listen to the interview with Ghodsee. Listen to Ghodsee read from Lost […]

Students Capture Living Memories Of Bowdoin’s First Women


After a semester of intensive research, students in Jennifer Scanlon’s class Forty Years: The History of Women at Bowdoin have collected troves of documents, photos and ephemera about the early years of co-education at Bowdoin.

Podcast: Jennifer Scanlon’s Insightful Views of Women’s History

Jennifer Scanlon presents a lively view of women’s history in a lecture inaugurating her appointment as William R. Kenan Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies. In her Oct. 17, 2011, talk, “Taking Women Seriously, Wherever We Find Them,” Scanlon presented three case studies from her work that reflect themes in the discipline: The Shopper, The […]

Ghodsee Book Wins Douglass Prize

Ghodsee Muslim Lives256

Muslim Lives in Eastern Europe: Gender, Ethnicity, and the Transformation of Islam in Postsocialist Bulgaria (Princeton University Press, 2009) by Kristen Ghodsee, Bowdoin’s John S. Osterweis Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, has won the 2011 William A. Douglass Prize in Europeanist Anthropology.

Three Professors Appointed to Endowed Term Chairs

Three Bowdoin professors – Kristen Ghodsee, Laura Henry and John Lichter – have been appointed to endowed term chairs, a recognition bestowed upon associate professors in recognition of their accomplishment as scholars and in support of their timely progress to the rank of full professor.