• On #GivingTuesday, Show that You Believe #ResearchMatters

    On #GivingTuesday, Show that You Believe #ResearchMatters

    November 28, 2017

    Scholars at WCW are spreading the message that gender-focused #researchmatters, beacuse research drives social change. Take action for social change this #GivingTuesday, November 28. Invest in WCW and tell us why #researchmatters to you.

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  • Lunchtime Seminar Series-LindaC

    New Findings: Gender, Culture, and Civic Engagement in the Trump Era

    November 30, 2017

    In the final Lunchtime Seminar of 2017, research scientists and Wellesley College students will share what the 2016 U.S. presidential election revealed to them about gender, culture, and civic engagement. Attend in person or watch live on Facebook.

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  • Women's Review of Books

    Women's Review of Books: The Genuis Octavia Butler

    November/December 2017

    The new issue of Women's Review highlights the genius of Octavia Butler and looks at other books by and about women on the relationships between First Ladies and slaves in their households, the history of the U.S. gay and lesbian left, and the women2drive campaign that challenged Saudi Arabia's prohibition on women driving.

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  • The Journey of a Women’s Health Activist: A Personal Story

    The Journey of a Women’s Health Activist: A Personal Story

    October/November 2017

    Listen to Byllye Y. Avery, Founder of the Black Women's Health Imperative, share the personal story of how she came to be a health activist.

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Parent and Peer Influences on Social Media Use in Early Adolescence

Ongoing since 2017
Youth and Adolescent Development

Parent and Peer Influences on Social Media Use in Early Adolescence: Implications for Psychosocial and Behavioral Health

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Adolescent Communication with Family and Reproductive Health

Ongoing since 2017
Youth and Adolescent Development

Family communication about sex can reduce risky sexual behaviors, but most studies focus only on the teen-parent dyad.

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Gender, Race, and Generations: A Roundtable Discussion


A Special Women’s Review of Books Feature

Last year, Amy Hoffman, M.F.A., editor-in-chief, Women’s Review of Books (WRB) began thinking about the organizing by Black Lives Matter against police violence and other forms of racist oppression, the intersectional politics of this new movement, and its similarities and differences—in politics and strategies—from previous organizing. She decided to bring together (virtually, through email) a few older and younger Black women activists to talk about their experiences and ideas. A special roundtable discussion with Demita Frazier, J.D., Stacey Patton, Ph.D., Barbara Smith, and Mecca Jamilah Sullivan was featured in the March/April 2017 issue of WRB.

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Where are We Now: Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative


In fall 2015, the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) launched the Justice and Gender- Based Violence Research (JGBVR) Initiative to build on its work advancing the role that research plays in improving the lives of women and girls, families and communities. Led by Senior Research Scientist Linda M. Williams, Ph.D., and an interdisciplinary group of collaborators, the JGBVR team conducts and disseminates research that meaningfully addresses the causes and consequences of gender-based violence and the social, health, and justice system responses to violent crime and victimization. To do this work, the initiative builds relationships with partners in the community, the criminal justice system, governmental and non-governmental organizations, international partners, and other researchers and institutes. Nine months later, the team has made great strides in linking its high-quality, gender-informed research with real action to improve the lives of women and girls in all roles of the criminal justice system—victims, offenders, workers, and policymakers.

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From Persistence to Power: Facts, Truth, & Equity for Women


Three of the leading gender-focused and policy research centers in the United States brought together an outstanding and diverse group of guests and speakers from the spheres of policymaking, research, business, labor, philanthropy, and advocacy in June for the policy research forum in Washington, D.C., “From Persistence to Power: Facts, Truth, & Equity for Women,” featuring keynote addresses by Maggie Hassan, U.S. Senator representing New Hampshire, and Charlotte Burrows, Commissioner, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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Commentary with Andrew Levack, M.P.H.


Research & Action Report, Fall/Winter 2015

By Andrew Levack, M.P.H.

Working with Boys and Men to Promote Gender Equality

Every day I look at the bookshelf next to my desk which displays one my favorite bumper stickers. Its slogan, developed by the Wellesley Centers for Women, states that “a world that is good for women is good for everyone.” As someone who helps develop, implement, and evaluate prevention programs that work with young men, l couldn’t agree more. When we challenge sexism and disrupt patriarchy, everyone benefits—including boys and men.

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Commentary with Laura Pappano: Olympics Are Gold for Women Athletes


Research & Action Report, Fall/Winter 2016

By Laura Pappano

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.

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Q&A with LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, Ph.D.


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.

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Recommendations for U.S. Policymakers: Supporting Housing Stability for Victims of Domestic Violence, Stal...


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.

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Recommendations for U.S. Policymakers: Skilled Immigration Policy


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.