• Advancing the Status of Women & Girls, Families & Communities: Policy Approaches in America

    Advancing the Status of Women and Girls, Families and Communities

    At the Wellesley Centers for Women, we believe that leadership can drive social change when it is informed by high-quality data. WCW scholars provide that data – and will continue to do so – to policymakers across party lines at the local, state, and national level. Over the next few months, WCW scholars will offer their insights and expertise on U.S. policy issues that affect the lives of women and girls, families and communities.

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    When Is a Girl Not a Girl?

    November/December 2016

    In the new Women's Review of Books, Laura Pappano reviews Sex Testing: Gender Policing in Women's Sports by Lindsay Parks Pieper, which looks at the history and politics behind sex testing elite female athletes. Read this and other select articles for free online or purchase the entire issue.

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  • Women Change Worlds

    Women Change Worlds

    Our #womenchangeworlds blog encourages WCW scholars and colleagues to respond to current events, share their expertise or research findings, and weigh in on issues that put women’s perspectives and concerns at the center of the discussion.

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  • Lunchtime Seminar Audio

    What Are Our Scholars Studying?

    In our Lunchtime Seminar Podcast Series, WCW scholars share new findings, highlight works in progress, or lead discussions on topics that influence the lives of women and girls, families and communities.

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Wellesley Centers for Women Welcomes Two New Research Scientists

The work of Research Scientist LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis focuses on factors influencing the academic experiences of African American girls and young women—including the teaching and the curricula presented to them and the culture, aspirations, and expectations they bring to their classrooms.

April Pattavina, Ph.D., senior scholar, Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative, Wellesley Centers for Women

Victims of Domestic Violence Often Face Housing Problems

The physical, psychological, and economic consequences for victims of domestic violence (DV) and their families have been well documented, and although recent federal legislation provides certain housing protections for some DV victims, many women and their families remain at great risk for homelessness and ongoing violence.

Sari Pekkela Kerr, Ph.D, senior research scientist/economist, Wellesley Centers for Women

U.S. Is Lagging Behind in Skilled Immigration Policy

Research demonstrates highly positive impacts of skilled immigration resulting in countries competing globally for talent. Although many countries are continuously introducing new policies to attract more skilled workers, the U.S. immigration policy is in a gridlock with little progress.

Sari Pekkela Kerr, Ph.D, senior research scientist/economist, Wellesley Centers for Women

U.S. Does Not Have Paid (Federal) Family Leave

Although research shows clear benefits of family leave, the U.S. remains the only developed country that does not offer paid family leave for its workers. This hampers women’s work efforts and endangers the wellbeing of children.

Olympics Are Gold for Women Athletes

The Olympics may be—on the surface—about international goodwill, but they are more baldly about political competition. They also offer a report card on gender equity progress. One could credit the rise of women’s athletics in the U.S., not to the passage of Title IX in 1972, but to the Cold War realization that the medal gap between the U.S. and the Soviet Union was essentially the difference in women’s participation.

Wellesley Centers for Women Welcomes Two New Research Scientists

Research Scientist Erin Johnson is a microeconomist who studies questions in health care such as how physicians respond to financial incentives when making treatment decisions. In addition to measuring impacts of various factors on treatment, her work is interested in the resultant impacts on patient health, which she measures using patient diagnoses and other health indicators. Some of her current work examines how the physician-patient relationship affects treatment.

Ongoing since 2008
The Women's Sports Leadership Training Project

The Women’s Sports Leadership Project has the overarching goal of collecting, analyzing, and disseminating information on gender disparities in organized athletics for the purpose of articulating a new vision of female leadership that legitimizes and connects athletic experience to off-the-field skills. The project features the FairGamesNews.com blog.

Growth-Fostering Connections in Work Environments

This project is designed to explore and develop approaches to enhancing business practice and productivity through relational and emotional intelligence, and encourages mutual empowerment, the shifting of organizational norms, and continuous learning and teaching.

Ongoing since 1995

The workshops, courses, trainings, and publications at the Institute utilize the Relational-Cultural Model of development, which focuses on 'growth-fostering relationships' as central to positive human development.

Ongoing since 2015

This study will document the current landscape (the breadth and differences) of campus approaches to investigations and adjudication of sexual assault. Informed by a victim-centered focus,