A degree in WGS is valuable since it gives graduates a strong education in writing, critical thinking, research, public presentation, advocacy, and leadership skills that are valuable in many fields.
WGS graduates can work in community and human services oriented towards helping people and increasing social justice. This includes work as a social worker, in elderly services, in women's shelters, rape assistance and awareness programs, and domestic-violence programs. Graduates can also work in women's advocacy groups such as Planned Parenthood and Battered Women's Support Services. WGS graduates can also work in the healthcare sector in women's health centers in a variety of capacities such as counseling. With an additional medical degree, they can work in obstetrics and gynecology; others go into nursing or midwifery.
WGS graduates can remain in academia and teach women's studies, gender studies, equity studies, or sexual diversity studies while doing research at the same time. With an additional teaching degree, they can travel the world teaching English as a second language or teach locally at the primary or secondary school level.
Those with a background in WGS can work in public policy or politics, such as in public relations or deciding various government policies. Others can work in business and human resources where they deal with gender and diversity issues in the workplace. A backround in WGS can be combined with a law degree to result in an individual specializing in establishing and maintaining rights for women and other vulnerable groups.
A background in WGS can be used for a career in journalism, justice studies, medicine, education, and social work. Many others go on to work in the creative arts such as film, photography, and theatre.