Department of Women's and Gender Studies

Why Get A Degree in WGST?

success before and after graduation

Graduates from UToledo's Department of Women's and Gender Studies are currently enrolled in professional study and research at major universities in the area of film, business, law, education, literary studies, medical ethics, medicine, psychology, library science, and international studies. They also manage and own businesses, teach, write, do broadcasting and filmmaking, and work as counselors and consultants. Our students have gained real world experience by working together with faculty to organize colloquia, seminars, performances, research projects, internships, externships, and more.

Alumni Spotlight

Zainab Al Musalim, an alumna of the UToledo Women's and Gender Studies program, and speech and language pathology programZainab Hussain Al Musalim

B.A. Women's and Gender Studies 2022

Zainab Al Musalim, pictured here in her office at the Speech and Language Clinic at King Fahd University Hospital in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, is in the 4th month of a one-year internship during which she is being trained to diagnose and treat speech, language, voice and swallowing disorders.  She runs assessment and treatment sessions, as well as aural rehabilitation sessions with patients who use cochlear implants and hearing aid devices.  Zainab reports that she is enjoying her time at the hospital and making friends with the clinicians and other interns. 

Zainab was the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies Outstanding Student for 2021. She earned two undergraduate degrees: in Women’s and Gender Studies, and Speech, Language Pathology.

UToledo alumna Josie Groll, Women's and Gender Studies 2020Josie Groll

B.A. Women's and Gender Studies 2020

"I graduated from the University of Toledo in May 2020 and started law school at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law the following fall. I’m currently in my final year of law school and interviewing for post-graduation jobs. I’ve focused specifically on criminal, juvenile, and family law, and have completed internships and externships with the Supreme Court of Ohio, the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the Ohio Public Defender, and the Ohio Justice and Policy Center. I honestly don’t know where I would be without the WGST department. Through the courses I took in the program, the values of intersectional feminism, and the hands-on faculty who truly went so above and beyond to assist me in preparation for law school, I have been given such a foundation for the success I have found since graduating."

some of Josie's accomplishments as a UToledo student

  • Intern:  Capital Care Network, 2018
  • Extern: Ohio Civil Rights Commission, 2018
  • Student Intern at two local law offices
  • President:  Law and Social Thought Student Organization, 2018
  • Vice President: Alpha Chi Omega, Beta Omega Chapter, UT, 2017-19
  • Campus Relations Chairwoman, National Panhellenic Conference, 2018-2019
  • Monroe County Community Foundation Scholarship recipient, 2019
  • Toledo Area Alumni Panhellenic Scholarship recipient, 2019
  • NPC New Member Scholarship recipient, 2018
  • NPC Undergraduate Interfraternal Institute Scholarship recipient, 2018
  • Dr. Mary Louise Glen Scholarship recipient, 2018
  • WGST Student Research Showcase Presenter:  2018
  • Full ride to OSU law school!


  • National Eating Disorder Awareness Week
    Harvard Affiliated

  • Women in the Director's Chair
    Touring International Film Festival

  • Eating Disorders Research Project
    Published in Psychology Today

  • Eating Disorders in a Disordered Culture
    Public Art Campaign Featuring the Art of Robin Lasser and Kathryn Sylva

  • National Undergraduate Research Conference

  • International Environmental Women's Studies: Making the Connections
    U.S. Dept. of Education Grant

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Last Updated: 1/30/23