Women’s and Gender Studies Program

Women's and Gender Studies Program

Students in the Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) program, located at 201 Willingham Hall, are involved in bettering the lives of women by partnering with diverse community and international organizations. They work at the local battered women’s shelter, raise relief funds for the women of Darfur, sponsor an annual production of "The Vagina Monologues" to raise awareness of violence against women, and collect supplies for women in the local AIDS shelter. WGS students have traveled to Tanzania and Kenya to distribute anti-malaria mosquito netting or to build water purification stations so that African women don’t have to walk miles everyday for drinking water. Through the WGS program, Mercer is making a difference in the lives of women.

The WGS program offers diverse opportunities for students to be involved in:

  • community activism
  • lobbying at the state capitol
  • fund raising for local and international women’s organizations
  • study abroad service-learning courses in countries such as Guatemala and Kenya
  • scholarship and field research on women and gender
  • student organizations advocating for women’s health and safety

Other Service Projects Developing from this Program

  • Each year, the WGS program sponsors the Clothesline Project, a nationwide project showcasing T-shirts made by survivors of domestic abuse or sexual assault.
  • Students have compiled a directory of women-oriented social services to be made available throughout the Macon community.
  • Students collaborate with the Student Affairs office to create programming around the issues of alcohol abuse and sexual assault or date rape.
  • In addition to working directly with clients and their children, students support the Crisis Line and Safe House of Central Georgia by raising funds to provide new clothing for sexual assault victims and by assisting the capital campaign to build a new battered women’s shelter in Macon.

How to Get Involved

Most WGS courses have a service-learning component and are identified as “v” courses. Students can also join student organizations that advocate for gender justice such as FMLA (Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance); Common Ground, Mercer’s gay-straight forum; and Amnesty International, which monitors the status of women internationally.

Faculty and Staff Contacts

Mary Alice Morgan
Director, Women’s and Gender Studies Program
(478) 301-2571

Carmen Hicks
Senior Administrative Assistant, Women's and Gender Studies Program
(478) 301-2562