Susan McGee Bailey, Ph.D.

Susan McGee Bailey, Ph.D.

Executive Director


Susan McGee Bailey retired at the end of 2010 as the executive director of the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College and a professor of Women's & Gender Studies and Education at Wellesley College, after 25 years leading the premier research-and-action organization.

She was executive director of the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women from 1985 until 1995, when the Center and the Stone Center for Developmental Studies at Wellesley College merged to become a single organization--the Wellesley Centers for Women.

Dr. Bailey received a B.A. from Wellesley College and M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Science Educational Research from the University of Michigan. She was awarded both a University fellowship and a social science educational training fellowship while in graduate school and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in public health at Johns Hopkins University. Before joining the Wellesley Centers for Women, she directed the Resource Center on Educational Equity at the Council of Chief State School Officers in Washington, D.C., the Policy Research Office on Women's Education at Harvard and Radcliffe, and held various posts at the Connecticut State Education Agency. She has taught elementary and secondary school in the United States, Asia, and Latin America.

Dr. Bailey has written and lectured extensively on issues of gender equitable public policy with a particular emphasis on education. She was the principal author of the 1992 AAUW Report: How Schools Shortchange Girls. Following the NGO Forum at the Fourth World Conference for Women in Beijing, China, she coauthored a guide for junior and senior high school teachers, Shaping a Better World: Global Issues/Gender Issues. Her most recent publication, Unsafe Schools: A Literature Review of School-Related Gender-Based Violence in Developing Countries, is available here in PDF format. Among her honors and awards are the Activist/Policy Award from the Women Educators of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Abigail Adams Award from the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus. She has also received the Award for Leadership from the SIG Research on Women’s Education (AERA) and the Willystine Goodsell Award for contributions to research on women in education (AERA).

Involved in a variety of professional activities, she currently sits on the board of the National Centers on Sexuality at San Francisco State University and has served as a Trustee of Regis College, and as an advisory board member of the National Women's History Project. She was president of the board of the National Council for Research on Women, and chair of the AERA Special Interest Group: Research on Women in Education. She has served in a variety of capacities with community organizations addressing the needs of disabled children.

Monica Ghosh Driggers, J.D.

Director, Studies of Gender Policy in U.S. Jurisprudence


Staff at the Wellesley Centers for Women conducts research on a variety of issues that affect women, children, and families. However, we do not provide direct care, legal advice, or referrals. If you are in need of services ranging from emergency intervention to legal advocacy please consult the list of resources at


Monica Ghosh Driggers is an attorney and researcher and focused her career on reforming the way that justice is delivered and administered in the United States. She left the Wellesley Centers for Women in 2013 after a decade as a research scientist here. Although the court system is an integral part of American life, very few people study how the courts operate and what can be done to improve court operations. Even fewer people focus on how judges and other justice practitioners affect the lives of women, girls, and children.

The pressing need for court and criminal justice reform must be supported by strong research that not only gathers basic statistical information, but also evaluates the efficacy of new practices. Monica’s past projects at WCW started with the examination of a particular justice-related problem such as how the genders are treated both similarly and differently in court proceedings. She then documented and researched the problem and, based on analysis of the results, proposed new policies that could combat the problem and instill meaningful reform.

Prior to becoming director of Studies of Gender Policy in U.S. Jurisprudence, she served as director of the Gender and Justice Project. Previously, Monica served as the Policy Director for the Women’s Rights Network (WRN) at the Wellesley Centers for Women. She co-authored WRN’s influential report, Battered Mothers Speak Out: A Human Rights Report on Child Custody and Domestic Violence in the Massachusetts State Courts, and examined how court personnel understand and treat women who suffer post-separation violence and seek custody of their children.

Collectively, her work aimed to examine the status of gender bias in justice systems throughout the United States. Awareness of how gender plays a role in justice has gained attention in recent years, spurring several state court systems to study the role of gender in judicial proceedings and court case outcomes.

Prior to joining WRN, Monica served as a Senior Policy Analyst for the Supreme Court of California, Administrative Office of the Courts, specializing in alternative and therapeutic courts such as drug courts, domestic violence courts, and youth courts. She spent four years successfully developing policy strategies to help the courts accomplish their reform-oriented initiatives, ending in a large statewide funding program for alternative courts, an evaluation project for these courts, and a Supreme Court committee dedicated to supporting and creating courts that value collaboration and community involvement.

In doing her work, Monica has had the good fortune to collaborate with a wide variety of organizations such as justice research institutes, academic institutions, non-profit legal service providers, and advocacy groups. She holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver, and an A.B. in Legal History from the University of Chicago.

Senior Research Scientist

Director, Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative

Our website uses cookies to enhance your experience. By continuing to use our site, or clicking "Continue", you are agreeing to our privacy policy.
Continue Privacy Policy