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Elmira College has a long history of empowering women. It was founded in 1855 with the mission to educate women equally to men. The Elmira College Women's and Gender Studies Program works today to empower students to be academically successful critical thinkers, feminist activists, and leaders on campus and in the wider world.

More than 25 faculty members are affiliated with the program. Some teach women's studies courses, while others serve as speakers, moderators, and panelists for campus events.

Students may choose to minor in women's studies, completing a minimum of 21 credits in women's studies coursework with a senior seminar in feminist issues and activism.

There are two program-affiliated student groups: Gender Issues Group and PRIDE. The Gender Issues Group works to bring issues of gender awareness to campus, while the PRIDE student group supports gay, lesbian, and bi-sexual students and their allies. In addition, the Iota Iota Iota National Women's Studies honor society has a chapter on campus.

The Women's and Gender Studies Program publishes a student journal, Callisophia, and hosts the annual Julia Reinstein Symposium, focused on issues of gender with speakers, workshops, film screenings, and student research presentations on campus.

Visit the Catalog for a full listing of Women's Studies courses and descriptions.