Gender Studies

the audience at a "Women Creating Change" forum pose together in an auditorium

Attendees at the "What We CAN Do When There’s Nothing to Be Done: Strategies for Change" symposium gather in solidarity. Photo by Clark Jones

Columbia’s Center for the Study of Social Difference was created 10 years ago to support research on the effects of gender, race and other areas of inequality in a global context.

An African American woman in 1943 with a red bandana on her head uses a hand drill to add screws to a metal sheet.

“Operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville, a woman is working on a ‘Vengeance’ dive bomber,” Nashville, Tennessee, 1943.

One of the founders of the field of women’s history, Alice Kessler-Harris earned her Ph.D. in the late 1960s and then realized that history books had omitted the entire gender from their pages.

When Anne L. Taylor went to medical school in the early 1970s, she was one of a very small number of women in her class.

USA Today launched its first website just days before the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, and its staff helped create a new kind of crisis storytelling in the aftermath.

As someone who studies inequality, Thomas DiPrete has no end of material to work with in modern-day America.

Nobel laureate Leymah Gbowee at the Feb. 18 World Leaders Forum Image credit: Eileen Barroso/Columbia University

When Liberian activists held a sit-in, their whole nation stood up and noticed.

Rebecca Jordan-Young

The 2012 London Olympics will present a series of firsts for women athletes: All 205 national teams will have a woman athlete, and the U.S. Olympic team will have more women than men.

Gillian Metzger, Katherine Franke, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ginsburg’s cousin Jacqueline Schonbrun, and Abbe Gluck (left to right).

Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law welcomed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’59 to a conference in her honor on Feb. 10.