Introduction to Women’s & Gender Studies

by Colleen Lutz Clemens, Ph.D.

Keywords: Gender, Women’s Studies, Intersectionality, Health

Clemens Book Cover

About the Book

Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (2023) is an eTextbook designed to provide an introduction to the fields of Women’s Studies and Gender Studies for students taking introductory courses. The textbook touches on a variety of subjects including gender theories, feminisms, intersectionality, equity, and activism. Chapters contain questions to consider and list of suggested readings by theorists and activists. This multimedia eTextbook incorporates videos and podcasts to create a rich introductory experience for students. 


  1. Gender
  2. Feminisms
  3. Intersectionality
  4. Gender Equity
  5. Gender & the World
  6. Gender Inequity Throughout History
  7. Gender Issues in Today’s Society
  8. Gender Gaps
  9. Pathways to Gender Equity
  10. Supporting Gender Equity

General Information

  • Publication Year: 2023
  • Edition: First
  • Subject: Women’s & Gender Studies


This work is licensed under a Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) as a part of PA-ADOPT, except where otherwise noted. 



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MLA: Clemens, Colleen Lutz. Introduction to Women’s & Gender Studies. First, The Pennsylvania Alliance for Design of Open Textbooks (PA-ADOPT), 2023.

APA: Clemens, C. L. (2023). Introduction to Women’s & Gender Studies. (First). The Pennsylvania Alliance for Design of Open Textbooks (PA-ADOPT).

Chicago: Clemens, Colleen Lutz. Introduction to Women’s & Gender Studies. First. The Pennsylvania Alliance for Design of Open Textbooks (PA-ADOPT), 2023. 

Peer Review

This eTextbook went through an Open Peer Review process. The peer review process used the Open SUNY Textbook Peer Review Guidelines, allowing peer reviewers to read the text carefully and evaluate the following:

  • Educational Significance of Content including accuracy, appropriate and  useful materials, valid and significant concepts, models, and skills, and key  elements; 
  • Effectiveness as a Teaching Resource including a clear explanation of the  concepts, alignment of materials to the learning process of the target audience,  and alignment of the learning objectives with course goals; and 
  • Readability and Ease of Use including clarity and comprehensiveness,  consistent writing style, readability and ease of use (logic, sequence, and flow),  appropriateness for target readership level, and quality of Interactivity and  multimedia learning objects.

As a part of the open peer review process, the public review conducted by Dr. Kristina Fennelly is made available: Peer Review Document (PDF).