• How can feminists help prevent incarceration and violence?

The U.S. criminal punishment system is a site of widespread gendered and race-based violence. The U.S. currently incarcerates nearly a third of all female prisoners in the world, and between 1977 and 2004, the number of women in U.S. prisons increased by an unprecedented 757%. As a 2015 CSW co-sponsored report revealed, women suffering from mental illness in LA County jails are routinely denied treatment, medication, and reproductive hygiene products, and are disproportionately punished with solitary confinement. LGBTQ women are also disproportionately impacted: nearly 40% of incarcerated girls identify as LGBTQ, while nearly one in six transgender Americans, and one in two black transgender people, have been to prison.

CSW’s Feminist Anti-Carceral Studies initiative advances an abolitionist approach to gendered and racialized regimes of incarceration and imprisonment. We pursue feminist, queer, and intersectional challenges to the carceral state.


Thinking Gender is an annual public conference highlighting student research on women, sexuality, and gender across all disciplines and historical periods. The 2019 Thinking Gender theme will be Feminists Confronting the Carceral State.

Join us on Friday, February 22, 2019!

The Call for Papers and Conference Schedule are forthcoming. Check the Conference Website for updates.