The Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender and Social Justice is a hub of feminist energy, action and research that seeks to achieve equity and improve lives in their complexity and multiplicity, locally and globally.


Women’s leadership was identified in the university’s strategic plan Destination 2012 as a standard for many members of the Mount community in all areas. Supporting women leaders is an abiding principle to which the Mount community remains committed.

The Institute for the Study of Women (ISW) at the Mount revitalized and renamed itself in 2011 to the Institute for Women, Gender and Social Justice (IWGSJ) to reflect the contemporary realities of the Mounts’ ongoing commitment to gender equality and Women’s Studies. In March 2013, the Institute was renamed to honor Alexa McDonough and became the Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender and Social Justice. Read the news release here.

The Institute will live its vision by undertaking research that coordinates, supports, and builds capacity among feminist researchers and creative artists at the Mount, other campuses, in community groups and organizations. As well, the Institute is committed to education by creating and offering programs and courses in related areas as well as providing gender perspectives in all disciplines. The Institute will actively seek to secure new partnerships, access funding, and opportunities in the areas of community development, gender, race, sexuality, class, ability and social justice.

Key commitments to advancement of women at the Mount

Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies
Department of Women’s Studies
Graduate Program in Women’s Studies

Other women related Centres and Institutes at the Mount

Centre of Women in Business
Chair for women in Science and Engineering (NSERC) – Dr.Tamara Franz-Odendaal
Canada Research Chair in Gender – Dr. Marnina Gonick
Canada Research Chair in Social Innovation and Community Engagement – Dr. Maya Eichler