WCW Milestones

Since 1974, research and action work of the Wellesley Centers for Women has shaped a better world for women and girls, families and communities.

2018WCW partners with University of Illinois at Chicago on a $7 million, multi-year project to evaluate and compare depression prevention programs for teens. Over $1.6 million of the award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute goes to WCW.
The first R15 in the social sciences at Wellesley College is awarded to WCW by the National Institute Of Child Health and Human Development to explore associations between psychosocial and behavioral health of early adolescents while exposing undergraduate students to research techniques.

2018WCW organizes and hosts The Power of Data: How Gender-Focused Research Institutes in Africa Can Support Rural Women and Girls during the 62nd session of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

2017WCW, IWPR, and Spelman College's WRRC cosponsor a major pamericanpolicy buttonolicy-research forum for change makers in Washington, DC--From Persistence to Power: Facts, Truth & Equity for Women.

2016WCW scholars offer a series of insights and expertise on U.S. policy issues that affect the lives of women and girls, families and communities.

2016csw buttonWCW organizes and hosts The Power of Data: How Women- and Gender-Focused Research Organizations Can Advance SDG 5 during the 60th session of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women.

2015The Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative jgbvrlaunched, focused on research that addresses causes and consequences of gender-based violence and the social, health and justice system responses to violent crime and victimization.

2014 WCW marks its 40th anniversary with new brand identity and strategic plan.

2014boundries buttonThe White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault cited the Shifting Boundaries middle school intervention program as an effective strategy for reducing rates of sexual violence.

2014randa buttonWCW organizes and hosts The Power of Data: How Research Advances Social Change for Women and Girls, featuring a panel of change makers, during the 58th session of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women.

The White House and U.S. Department of Education cite Shifting Boundaries, a WCW intervention and research program, in key communications about the Violence Against Women Act and addressing teen dating violence in secondary schools and higher education.

2013Connections with, and references to, WCW research and scholars grows with thought leaders and policy makers in Washington, D.C.

2012 Partners HealthCare commits $1 million to the Boston Public Health Commission for a opencircle button collaboration with Boston Public Schools (BPS) to integrate Open Circle -- which celebrates its 25th anniversary -- into 23 schools. The Novo Foundation awards Open Circle $500,000+ to evaluate the BPS initiative and to scale up Open Circle.

2011seed_buttonThe W.K. Kellogg Foundation awards WCW $2.9M over three years to improve teacher quality by expanding the National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity).

2011The National Institute of Mental Health awards WCW $1.3M over five years for CATCH-IT, an evaluation of a primary care/Internet-based depression prevention intervention for at-risk teens and their families.

201135th_buttonWCW begins the year by successfully completing its 35th Anniversary fundraising drive, exceeding $4.7 million to support new, cutting-edge research.

WCW celebrates 35 years of research and action with exciting galas and a dynamic symposium, attracting hundreds of attendees at each event.

2009capitol_buttonWCW and IWPR cosponsor major policy-research conference in Washington, DC--Achieving Equity for Women: Policy Alternatives for the New Administration.

2009The Robert Bowne Foundation awards more than $2.1 million dollars over five years to NIOST for the National Afterschool Matters Initiative to promote research and professional development for the out-of-school time industry.

2007 asian_buttonWCW and UNICEF cosponsor innovative conference in Bangkok bringing together leading Asian women's rights and children's rights advocates to address the connections in their work.

WCW leads two projects on gender and science, technology, engineering, and math funded by National Science Foundation (Fairer Science and SISTEM).

2005 The Postdoctoral Behavioral Research Training on Variations in Child and Adolescent Development sponsored by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development is initiated and offers three full-time research fellow positions.

2004 wrb_buttonWomen's Review of Books was re-launched in partnership with Old City Publishing after a one-year suspension.

2004international_flags_buttonWCW hosted a groundbreaking international conference on violence against women. Designed to maximize networking and the formation of collaborations across and within countries, Innovations in Understanding Violence Against Women explored innovative concepts and research methodologies as well as vital work done at the grassroots level.

2003WCW researches and reports on gender violence in schools in developing countries for the U.S. Agency for International Development.

2002WCW held the first-ever Human Rights Tribunal on Domestic Violence and Child Custody. At the Tribunal, battered mothers shared their experiences in family court litigation and voiced their recommendations for change.

2001international_flags_buttonWCW received NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. This standing allows the Wellesley Centers for Women to designate official representatives to a wide range of UN meetings held around the globe.

2000WCW makes fundraising history with the successful completion of its three-year $10 million Women's Century Fund endowment drive.

1999 WCW receives gift from The Stone Foundation establishes Empowering Children for life: The Robert S. and Grace W. Stone Primary Prevention Initiatives.

1998A grant from the Centers for Disease Control creates the National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center , a consortium of the Wellesley Centers for Women, the Medical University of South Carolina, and the University of Missouri at St. Louis.

1998 Conference on Work and Family, "Today’s Realities and Tomorrow’s Visions," held, with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Business and Professional Women's Foundation.

1997 Women's Rights Network joins Wellesley Centers for Women.

1995 Stone Center and Center for Research on Women become a single organization: the Wellesley Centers for Women.

1995 jbmti_logo_buttonJean Baker Miller Training Institute is established. Scholars from the JBMTI have brought Relational-Cultural Theory to over 100,000 people in workshops, trainings, conventions, and symposia sponsored by various groups throughout the world.

1994New initiative on adolescent sexuality begins with grant on Femininity Ideology and the Risk of Unintended Pregnancy.

1993The Women in Prison Project initiated to develop an integrated relational and multicultural approach to the care and treatment of women in prison and after release. Final report is issued in 1995.

1992Major new initiative on Sexual harassment in Schools launched with support of individual donors. Nationally recognized as a prime source for information, the project's work has resulted in a book, journal and magazine articles, book chapters, four widely-used teachers' guides, and multiple workshops and training events.

1992Study group results in investigation of growth and development of African-American and Puerto Rican Children.

1992schools_shortchange_buttonThe AAUW report, How Schools Shortchange Girls, researched and written at the Center for Research on Women, focuses national consciousness on issues of gender equity in education. Report is translated into Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and French for the 4th United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing.

1991Five-year research effort, Pathways for Women in the Sciences, examines barriers to young women in scientific fields. Reports are issued by Center for Research on Women in 1993 and 1997.

1990Two groundbreaking conferences, Gender and International Relations and Learning Together: A National Conference of Teen Parenting and Child Care Programs, provide an arena for discussion of critical issues facing society.

1989The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development awards WCW $8.3 million over 15 years as part of the Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development.

1989peggy_mcintosh_buttonWhite Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, a groundbreaking essay, is first published as part of the Stone Center Work in Progress series.

1988Conference on the Economic Condition of Black Women held with funding from The Ford Foundation.

1987open_circle_buttonThe Open Circle Social Competency Program established to teach problem-solving skills to elementary students. Since its inception, the program has trained more than 5000 teachers who have introduced the Open Circle Curriculum to more than 200,000 children in 240 elementary schools and 90 diverse communities in New England and New Jersey.

1987seed_buttonNational SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Project on Inclusive Curriculum founded. To date, over 36,000 teacher-years have been volunteered by teachers participating in seminars led by more than 1,850 trained SEED leaders.

1986First Learning from Women Conference, co-sponsored by the Stone Center and Cambridge Hospital as part of the Harvard Continuing Education Program, is held. This biannual conference has attracted more than 9,000 participants over the last 20 years.


1986Pioneering research on gender and stress, which examines women's roles in the work place and men's roles in the home and family.

1983The Women's Review of Books begins publication.wrb_button

1982Center for Research on Women and Stone Center collaborate to offer five-year National Institute on Mental Health-sponsored post-doctoral research training program on Sex Roles and Mental Health.

1981Stone Center for Developmental Services and Studies is established at Wellesley College under the leadership of Jean Baker Miller, founding director.stone_center_button

1979 niost_logo_buttonNational Institute on Out-of-School Time (originally known as the School-Age Child Care Project) begins extensive research, education, training, publication, and program development designed to improve the quality of children's out-of-school time.

1976International Conference on Women and Development attracts 117 women from 32 countries.

1977 CRW conducts an evaluation for the U.S. Department of Education of curricula, research, and outreach materials developed to promote gender equitable education.

1974womens_center_buttonCenter for Research on Women (CRW) is established at Wellesley College under the presidency of Barbara Newell, deanship of Alice Ilchman, and leadership of Carolyn Elliot, founding director.




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