Women's Studies


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Women’s studies is an integral part of Mary Baldwin’s core curriculum. This interdisciplinary field offers knowledge and insights that prepare students both in and out of the classroom. Those wishing to major in women’s studies may talk to their advisors or the director about the possibility of designing an independent major in women’s issues.

Women’s studies is also available as a minor.

Why women’s studies at Mary Baldwin University?

Women’s Studies creates better understanding of women’s social roles, rights, and living conditions throughout the world and throughout history. Knowledge of the struggle for gender equality prepares students for both academic study and real world applications in their professional and private lives after college. The field is interdisciplinary by nature and highlights connections among differing areas of study, reinforcing students’ learning across the liberal arts curriculum.



Heather E. Macalister

Associate Professor of Psychology; Director of Women’s Studies; AB, Smith College; MEd,...
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Students Give Back Through Social Work Program

When Rob and Sue Warfield Caples ’60 gave to Mary Baldwin College to start an accredited social work program, they left a lasting mark on the college community. In 2007, 148 students petitioned the college to begin accreditation processes for a Bachelor of Social...
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Tracy “Lolita” Burks Healy ’87

It started as an ordinary night out with girlfriends. Lolita Healy and her friends kicked back and ordered cocktails, but when the drinks arrived, Burks thought something was missing; the glasses needed color, style, and personality to match the women sipping from...
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Jessica Gatewood ’00

After earning a BA in biopsychology at Mary Baldwin and a master’s degree at the University of Richmond, Jessica Gatewood was working as a biochemistry research assistant at the University of Virginia when she reached a turning point in her professional life. Instead...
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Monique Burgess ’14

College life was not a passive experience for Burgess. Her influential roles on campus included peer mentor, resident assistant, Anointed Voices of Praise Gospel Choir singer, and member of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa — applying her...
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