The National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) is a professional organization meant to lead the fields of Women's Studies and gender studies, both educationally and socially. The organization believes that Women's Studies is vital to education and is comparative, global, intersectional, and interdisciplinary. Scholarship, activism, and teaching are not mutually exclusive for members of the NWSA but, rather, inseparable elements of academic life.

The first convention of the NWSA was held at the University of San Francisco on January 13–16, 1977. A founding preamble to the NWSA Constitution was adopted at this meeting, which outlined the mission and goals of the NWSA and also credited the movement for the liberation of women via the existence of women's studies. The preamble was revised in 1982 to incorporate more ...

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