The Centre for Women's Studies was established in Trinity College in July, 1988. In 1999, in order to reflect the increasing diversity of its interests in areas such as sexualities and masculinities, the Centre expanded its title and remit to become the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies. In 2005, the Centre became a full member of the School of Histories and Humanities. According to a 2006 evaluation, 'Trinity is now the academically strongest Gender and Women's Studies Centre in Ireland '
Since its inception, the Centre has developed and sustained an M.Phil programme and a doctoral programme of the highest quality, has undertaken significant research activities and engaged in both innovative and traditional community outreach. Members of the Centre are recognised both nationally and throughout the EU for their expertise on gender issues.
The Centre for Gender and Women's Studies undertakes three interrelated activities: teaching, research and community/extramural activities. Using an integrated approach to research and learning, both staff and students are encouraged to participate across these areas.