The Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies was established in 1987.  The Institute fosters research and study, sponsors workshops and speakers, and promotes discussion and debate on women’s issues among faculty and students across the campus. As of July 2018, the Institute also offers a minor in Sexuality Studies and a minor in Disability Studies.

Areas of Research

Faculty members in various departments at Carleton University conduct research into diverse areas concerning women including:

  • the history of women
  • women and work
  • gender and diversity
  • women and social policy
  • sexuality and sexual practices
  • women and the environment
  • violence against women
  • gender and the media
  • women and development
  • women and literature
  • and much more

In addition, the Institute houses the Carleton University – University of Ottawa Joint Chair in Women’s Studies, established by the Secretary of State Women’s Program in 1985.

Commitment to Excellence

The Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies is committed to achieving the highest standards of excellence in our teaching, research and scholarship. The Institute’s main purpose is to encourage engaged, critical feminist thought from diverse perspectives. It is a place to explore scholarship and activism for all those with an interest in feminist and equity issues.