An academic, usually interdisciplinary, approach to the analysis of women’s situation and gender relations, as well as to the gender dimension of all other disciplines. The establishment of women’s studies confirmed the idea that women are worthy of study in their own right, and led to the development of a feminist epistemology. In itself, the constitution of women’s studies is a political act, connecting women’s and feminist movements, and thus multiplying the options for social change.
See also: feminist studies; gender studies
(1) European Commission (1998). 100 Words for Equality: A Glossary of Terms on Equality between Women and Men;
(2) Pilcher, J., and Whelehan, I. (2004). Fifty Key Concepts in Gender Studies, London, Thousand Oaks.