Events & Programs

Wednesday, January 25, 12PM, Zoom
Jinx Mylo, "Everything's Gonna Be Kinda Queer: Autistic Gender & Sexuality in Everything's Gonna Be Okay."

Jinx Mylo analyzes the representations of autistic characters in the television show Everything’s Gonna Be Okay in relation to gender and sexuality. In contrast to previous screen representations, the four autistic characters provide a variety of gender expressions and sexual orientations, challenging the stereotypes that perpetuate the idea of autism being limited to heterosexual men. Issues explored include attitudes toward autistic sexual consent and agency, sexual experimentation, and the impacts of communication norms on romantic relationships.

Wednesday, February 8, 12PM
Nicole Kalaf-Hughes (in-person, location TBA)

Tuesday, March 21, 12PM
Ellen Broido (in-person, location TBA)

Wednesday, April 12, 12PM
Val Erwin (in-person, location TBA)

Thursday, 2:00-5PM, BTSU

Join the Center for Women and Gender Equity, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the C. Raymond Marvin Center for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement for our Women of Color Leadership Summit! This annual event brings women of color activists and entrepreneurs to BGSU to discuss the contributions women of color have made to leadership, activism, and advocacy in their communities and more broadly. There will be a panel discussion open to students, faculty, staff, and community members where panelists will share insight on their own achievements, obstacles, and the steps they have taken to become the incredible leaders they are and will allow audience members to ask questions as well. After the panel, the speakers will lead smaller discussion groups to allow for participants to make additional connections, identify potential mentors, and determine how they can take the next step in their own leadership path.

Register for 2023 Women of Color Leadership Summit


It’s time to celebrate International Women’s Day! Since BGSU has Spring Break on the actual day (March 8th), we will be celebrating on Monday, March 13th from 10:30am-3:00pm at the BTSU tables by Falcon Outfitters. Stop by the CWGE tables where you can make fill-in-the-blank signs about what feminism, International Women’s Day, and Women’s History Month mean to you. You’ll also be able to decorate a tiny canvas (4”x4”) as part of the tiny art show on March 23rd.
For more details on our International Women’s Day Celebration and other Women’s History Month programming, visit

3-5pm, Multipurpose Room, BTSU

The Women of Distinction Awards honors outstanding leaders in the BGSU community who serve as a role models and/or mentors to individuals who have faced discrimination based on sex and/or gender and exhibit dedication to empowering individuals who have faced discrimination based on sex and/or gender to achieve their goals.

Time TBD

Join the Center for Women and Gender Equity at the Pub to test your feminist knowledge and win a Women’s History Month prize pack!

Presented by Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and The Center for Women’s and Gender Equity

Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization (2022) is a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court that has overturned Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992).  The Dobbs decision states that the Constitution of the United States does not confer a right to abortion. Much is unknown in the wake of this landmark decision. The Understanding Dobbs discussion series explores many of the issues the Dobbs decision has uncovered, deepening our collective knowledge, and fostering civil dialogue. This is a lunch & learn series and participants are encouraged to bring their own lunches.

If you have any questions or future topic recommendations, e-mail

16 September: Courts & Precedents with Dr. Josh Boston

27 September: Federal and State Legislative Branches: Amendments, Acts, and Laws with Dr. Nicole Kalaf-Hughes

18 October: Birth Control & Sterilization with Erin Marten and Dr. Sarah Rainey-Smithback

10 November: Title IX & Sexual Violence with Kathy Mull and Lakeshia Dowlen

15 November: The Politics of Privacy with Dr. Sarah Rainey-Smithback

17 November: Racial Politics of Reproductive Rights with Thasia Awad and Dr. Kimberly Stanley

Each semester, the Center for Women and Gender Equity invites 4 scholars to present and discuss their work with the BGSU Community. Click the dropdown tabs below to learn more about our Research Seminars this semester.

If you have any questions or future seminar suggestions, e-mail

7 September: Dr. Remy Attig presents, "Cislation: Theorizing Non-Translation Through the Lens of Queer Studies"

20 October: Dr. Sarah Rainey-Smithback presents, "Sexing the Scouts"

8 November: Bryan Bove presents, "Homos, Heteros, Hard Bodies, Oh Myyy: Straight Performance and Queer Interventions in Marvel Comics"

16 November: Dr. Tommy Curry presents, "Racism as a Misandric Aggression"

The Center for Women and Gender Equity is teaming up with the Browne Popular Culture Library, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Popular Culture Studies, and the University Activities Organization to bring you a Monstrous Women Double Feature!

On Wednesday, Oct. 26, we will be hosting a screening of the film Jennifer’s Body (2009) in the BTSU Theater Room 206 from 6 - 9 p.m. Immediately following the film, there will be a Q&A panel featuring Dr. Sarah Rainey-Smithback, Chair, Graduate Coordinator and Associate Professor in the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Dr. Jeffrey A. Brown, Professor and Chair in the Department of Popular Culture and American Culture Ph.D. candidate Judy Clemens-Smucker!

On Monday, Oct. 31, we will be screening The Wasp Woman (1959) in the Browne Popular Culture Library at 5 p.m. and we will announce the winner of our Monstrous Women raffle! Guests are encouraged to dress in their Halloween best.

Additionally, throughout the month of October an exhibit on “monstrous women” will be on display in the Pop Culture Library that explores the history of monstrous women in popular culture and folklore and the myriad definitions of “monster” as it applies to women. Students who visit the exhibit are invited to enter a raffle to win a hauntingly good gift basket, including a Hocus Pocus board game, Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers: Monstrosity, Patriarchy, and the Fear of Female Power by Sady Doyle, Cursed by Thomas Wheeler and Frank Miller, art prints of “monstrous” women in pop culture by Bryan Bove, as well as candy, stickers and more! The winner of the raffle will be announced on Halloween at The Wasp Woman screening.

For more information, contact

Student Engagement coordinator Kori Koschalk-Newmister and graduate assistant Loni Stouffer with Freddie and Frieda for Green Dot Week
Center for Women and Gender Equity 2021
CWGE Director Dr. Kacee Ferrell Snyder chats with some students in her office

Updated: 03/03/2023 11:19AM