This course adopts a multidisciplinary approach to explore women’s historical and contemporary roles and contributions to society. While it primarily focuses on Westernized societies, it also offers a global and cross-cultural perspective, emphasizing the impact of colonialism and the intersectional barriers marginalized groups face. Throughout the course, we will examine topics such as women’s low status and power, Black Feminism and Indigenous Feminism, reproductive health and rights, motherhood studies, feminist disability studies, women’s sexuality and rights, the impact of development and globalization on women’s work, and their role in politics. The course is divided into three parts: initially, we’ll focus on women’s low status, power, and the effects of patriarchy. The second part shifts to specific global issues impacting women. Finally, we conclude with a focus on feminist and women’s activism.