Wellesley Centers for Women research and action initiatives are funded by federal, state, and local government agencies, private foundations, the Centers’ endowment (managed by Wellesley College), and the generosity of individual donors committed to social change. WCW receives 2-4% of its net revenues, plus essential infrastructure, facility, and governance support from Wellesley College. The generous support of individuals provides essential additional funding that ensures we have the resources to disseminate our findings and to launch groundbreaking research initiatives and action programs.

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Since 1974, we have taken pride in our millions of readers, tens of thousands of practitioners trained, thousands of citations in scholarly journals and the popular press, and the critical changes we have helped to initiate in public policies, perceptions, and practices.

Major grant funders have included:

• Robert Bowne Foundation
• Centers for Disease Control
• Ford Foundation
• William T. Grant Foundation
• Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
• W.K. Kellogg Foundation
• National Institute for Justice
• National Institutes for Health
• National Science Foundation
• Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
• U.S. Department of Education

About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to advance gender equality, social justice, and human wellbeing through high quality research, theory, and action programs.


    A world that is good for women
    is good for everyone.