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Like most colleges and universities today (indeed, like society at large), Smith College has a diverse and dynamic student body that includes individuals who identify as transgendered. Some do so for intellectual or political reasons, in order to challenge prevailing gender norms in our society; others feel that their birth sex does not truly represent who they are. Students at Smith, whatever their gender or sexual identity, are diverse, accomplished, and various in their views.

Whereas the exploration of sexuality, sexual orientation and gender identity was once a very private matter, it is a much more visible and public part of contemporary campus cultures. Students coming to college today, whether at Smith, Yale, Princeton, Wesleyan, Wellesley or elsewhere, feel comfortable publicly exploring a range of identities and behaviors.

Is Smith still a women's college? Absolutely. As a women's college, Smith only considers female applicants for undergraduate admission. And like other women's colleges, Smith is a place where women are able to explore who they are in an environment that is safe and accepting.

Smith does not maintain records related to the gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation of its students. Once admitted, any student who completes the college's graduation requirements will be awarded a degree.


This list was compiled as a resource for those interested in learning more about issues associated with gender identity and gender expression. The views contained within any particular source do not necessarily represent the views held by Smith College. For a more comprehensive and up-to-date list of resources, please visit the RCSG website (see"Related Link" above right).

Web Sites

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Books & Articles

Stryker, Susan and Stephen Whittle, eds. "The Transgender Studies Reader." New York: Routledge, 2006.

Riki Anne Wilchins. "Read My Lips: Sexual Subversion and the End of Gender." Milford, CT: Firebrand Books, 1997

Paisley Currah and Shannon Minter. "Transgender Equality: A Handbook for Activists and Policymakers." New York: The Policy Institute of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 2000.

Ronni L. Sanlo. "Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender College Students: A Handbook for Faculty and Administrators." Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998.

Jay Prosser. "Second Skins: The Body Narratives of Transsexuality." New York: Columbia University Press, 1998.

Jay Posser. "Transgender" In "Lesbian and Gay Studies: A Critical Introduction." Andy Medhurst and Sally R. Munt, eds. London: Cassell, 1997.