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. 

See also: feminist studies; gender studies

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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.


(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.