Gender: Historical Perspectives

A gleaming white marble structure featuring busts of three mature women with solemn expressions on their faces.

The marble Portrait Monument located in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda depicting suffragists Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Lucretia Mott. (Image is in the public domain. Source: DawesDigital on Wikimedia Commons.)


MIT Course Number

21H.983J / 21H.109J / WGS.310J / WGS.303J

As Taught In

Fall 2020


Undergraduate / Graduate

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Course Description

This course examines the definition of gender in scientific, societal, and historical contexts. It explores how gender influences state formation and the work of the state, what role gender plays in imperialism and in the welfare state, the ever-present relationship between gender and war, and different states' regulation of the body in gendered ways at different times. It also investigates new directions in the study of gender as historians, anthropologists and others have taken on this fascinating set of problems. Students taking the graduate version complete additional assignments.

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Lerna Ekmekcioglu, and Elizabeth Wood. 21H.983J Gender: Historical Perspectives. Fall 2020. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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