Women and Gender Services

Women and Gender Services (WXGS)


Welcome to Women and Gender Services (WXGS) | 3-308

Women and Gender Services (WXGS) is under the department of student life.  We support all women identifying students as well as non-binary students through student club support, programs, workshops, education, advocacy and providing resources so students can be their whole selves to thrive at MIT.

The Margaret Cheney Room is the women's student center that's open 24/7 via tap access.  There's a zoom room, a lactation/quiet room, a student conference room, lockers, piano, a lounge, a main space/activity room, a kitchen, the WXGS office and so much more.  2-3 times a month there will be women's programs and events open to everyone who uses the Margaret Cheney Room.  Take a look at our sidebar for programs/events page to see what WXGS is up to.

If you're interested in learning more about what we do, how we support our undergrad, grad, and postdoc students, what does "women identifying" mean and more, then feel free to click our sidebar FAQ page. If you have any additional questions please reach out to us at: wxgs@mit.edu.


The Margaret Cheney Room


The Margaret Cheney Room, MIT's women's student community center, was founded in 1884 in recognition of the fact that women have traditionally been denied a safe space of their own, especially in the STEM fields. In light of its founding mission, the Cheney Room exists to promote community and empower all students at MIT who experience gender-based systems of oppression. This includes (but is not limited to) transgender women, cisgender women, women-coded and/or non-binary individuals who feel that the Margaret Cheney Room is a space for them.

Click the sidebar to learn more about the Margaret Cheney Room.



Programs and Events Highlight


A full list of monthly 2023 programs is under our Events and Programs page.

Sex Olympics 

Description: WXGS and PLEASURE bring you the Sex Olympics! Sex Olympics is a fun way to learn about safe sex, consent, sexual and reproductive health information through games. WXGS and PLEASURE are partnering to run multiple games and resource tables for you to win and grab free sex toys, contraceptives, candy, and other prizes! Open to all at MIT. 



Going Home for the Holidays: Navigating Your Identity When Going Home

Description: Chat with WXGS and LBGTQ+ Student Services staff on tips and tricks for going home for the holidays. Learn how to manage tough conversations with loved ones and get resources for a safe and happy winter break. Open to all at MIT. 


  • Location: Rainbow Lounge, 50-250
  • Date: Wednesday, December 13th
  • Time: 4:00-5:00pm 


Keep In Touch!


Follow us on Instagram and join our listserv so you don't miss announcements and programs and events.  In addition to sharing our programs, we spotlight women figures past and present, share educational resources and support, highlight women's conferences that students can attend, and much more.