Media Library

Shelly Anand, Deniz Civril, Kristin Butcher, Layli Maparyan

April 20, 2021

Panelists discussed how employers and lawmakers can support women in the workforce during the pandemic and beyond.

Kim Lucas, Ph.D., Layli Maparyan, Ph.D., Wendy Wagner Robeson, Ed.D.

March 30, 2021

Panelists discussed how the Biden-Harris administration can support the child care industry.

Emmy Howe, M.Ed., Layli Maparyan, Ph.D., Soo Hong, Ed.D., and Georgia Hall, Ph.D.

March 25, 2021

This study found that young adolescents who reported greater negative attitudes toward their body image checked their social media more frequently.

Emmy Howe, M.Ed., Layli Maparyan, Ph.D., Soo Hong, Ed.D., and Georgia Hall, Ph.D.

March 9, 2021

Panelists discussed what the Biden-Harris administration has done so far and what still needs to be done to support educators and students.

Nora Pearce, Wellesley College Student

February 9, 2021

Nora Pearce, a Wellesley College student in the class of 2022, discusses research findings from a journal article she co-authored with Dr. Jennifer Grossman.

Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab

November 5, 2020

The Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab shares findings from a study of middle school students' social media use.

Advancing Racial Justice Through Research and Action panelists

October 28, 2020

Panelists discussed how they advance racial justice in their work at WCW and shared ways that participants can take steps in their own lives to dismantle systemic racism.

Layli Maparyan

October 22, 2020

Layli Maparyan, Ph.D., moderated a discussion panel on women's suffrage.

COVID-19 and Gender Equality Panelists

October 19, 2020

Experts from WCW discussed the unique ways COVID-19 is impacting women's work-life balance, economic opportunities, and mental wellbeing during this virtual panel.

SEL and Equity in Education

August 13, 2020

Georgia Hall, Ph.D., of WCW was part of a virtual panel composed of three leading national organizations in the out-of-school time quality improvement, coaching, and measurement space that facilitated discussion about virtual summer and afterschool programs.

SEL and Equity in Education

August 25, 2020

WCW Visiting Scholar Karen Craddock, Ph.D., spoke on a virtual panel hosted by Six Seconds on the topic of emotional complexity as it relates to oppression.

SEL and Equity in Education

July 21, 2020

Kamilah Drummond-Forrester, M.A., CAGS, of Open Circle discussed equity in education during a webinar hosted by Six Seconds.

Teen boys look at phone

July 6, 2020

Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., presented on a virtual panel hosted by Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development.

Linda Williams, Ph.D., Dhanya Nageswaran, Megan Cassidy

May 29, 2020

During the 2019-2020 academic year, Dhanya Nageswaran, a Wellesley College student in the class of 2021, worked with mentor Linda M. Williams, Ph.D., to study the ways colleges and universities respond to sexual assault on campus.

Nan Stein, Ed.D., Jessica Abowitz, and Megan Cassidy

May 28, 2020

Jessica Abowitz, a Wellesley College student in the class of 2022, studied student activist movements against sexual harassment in K-12 schools with mentor Nan Stein, Ed.D., during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Wendy Robeson, Ed.D., Ninotska Love, and Megan Cassidy

May 27, 2020

Ninotska Love, a Wellesley College student and Davis Scholar in the class of 2020, reflects on her internship with Wendy Robeson, Ed.D., during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., Nora Pearce, and Megan Cassidy

May 26, 2020

Nora Pearce, a Wellesley College student in the class of 2022, reflects on her internship with Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Hauwa Ibrahim, international human rights and Sharia law attorney

March 5, 2020

Hauwa Ibrahim, J.D., S.J.D., M.L., gave a keynote address during a celebration of International Women's Day at Wellesley College.


March 1, 2020

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we look back on the very first Women’s Review of Books.

LaShawnda Lindsay, Ph.D.

February 26, 2020

During Black History Month, LaShawnda Lindsay, Ph.D., reflects on the Black women who have influenced her research and her life.

Black-Indigenous American fabric and jewelry

November 14, 2019

Karen Craddock, Ph.D., shares findings from a case study centering the voices of women with Black-Indigenous American ancestry.


October 3, 2019

Dr. Linda Charmaraman, Wellesley’s Professor Catherine Delcourt, and student researchers discuss their efforts to design an app that promotes healthy social media use in middle school students.


September 19, 2019

Scholars discuss their journey in designing and implementing a science and art education program for students in Nigeria.

Jennifer Grossman

July 3, 2019

Senior research scientist Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., explains why having open conversations among family members about sex, dating, and relationships can help protect teens from risky sexual behavior.


April 18, 2019

Researchers look at what has and hasn't changed for gender equality in college basketball over the last ten years.

adult woman and young girl in conversation

March 29, 2019

Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., and Wellesley College student Anmol Nagar '21 discuss how conversations between teens and extended family can prevent teens' risky sexual behavior.

hauwa ibrahim speaking

March 15, 2019

Hauwa Ibrahim discusses her hands-on work to tame the rising tide of extremism while fostering a culture of peace.

older afterschool worker with teen girl

March 12, 2019

Researchers from the National Institute on Out-of-School Time examine workforce trends in the afterschool and out-of-school time field.

Sitara Zoberi

March 1, 2019

Three Wellesley students share what they enjoy about working at WCW.

Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D.

January 30, 2019

Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., discusses the effects of online video game Fortnite on teen health and wellbeing.

LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, Ph.D.

November 15, 2018

In this November 2018 lunchtime seminar led by LaShawnda Lindsay, Ph.D., and Wellesley College student Vei Vei Thomas '21, participants examined how respectability politics influence the lived experiences of girls from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Linda Charmaraman

October 25, 2018

Linda Charmaraman,Ph.D., director of the Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab, and her student research assistants shared findings from two research projects - a 2016 post-election survey on media and identity, which had over 1500 participants, and a 2017-18 study on early adolescent social media use and wellbeing. 

children and screens logo brightest 1October 15, 2018

Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., spoke on a panel during the Digital Media and Developing Minds Conference.

Autumn Green and Sarah Galison

October 4, 2018

Autumn Green, Ph.D., and Sarah Galison discuss the unique challenges faced by students with children, particularly those who are low-income, single parents, and women of color, and share results from the nation's first comprehensive research study on student parents programs.

Barbara Newell, Linda Wertheimer, Layli Maparyan

September 27, 2018

During her time as president of Wellesley College, Barbara Newell, Ph.D., an economist and ardent advocate for women's education and economic equity, founded what would later become the Wellesley Centers for Women. She shares the story of its founding during the September 2018 Lunchtime Seminar.

Jennifer Baumgardner

September 19, 2018

Jennifer Baumgardner, editor of Women's Review of Books shares themes and highlights from the September/October 2018 issue of the publication.

Linda Charmaraman, Jennifer Grossman, and Megan Moreno

September 6, 2018

Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., and Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., both of the Wellesley Centers for Women, and their colleague Megan Moreno, M.D., of the University of Wisconsin, discuss young adolescents’ use of social media.

Georgia Hall, Ph.D.

June 27, 2018

Georgia Hall, Ph.D., director of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time at WCW, explains how research informs the afterschool field.

Tanushree Mohan

May 16, 2018

For Tanushree Mohan '18, getting involved with WCW during her four years at Wellesley College gave her tremendous research opportunities.

Tracy Gladstone, Ph.D., stands at a podium delivering her presentation on preventing youth depression.

May 10, 2018

As many as 13–20 percent of adolescents in the U.S. and other developed countries experience minor or major depressive episodes each year, according to Tracy Gladstone, Ph.D., a senior research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW). To address this problem, Gladstone developed a unique intervention, which she discussed during this May 2018 Lunchtime Seminar presentation. 

Tabia Smith

May 14, 2018

For Wellesley College student Tabia Smith '19, working in communications at WCW is a way to explore her passions for social justice while developing technical skills, like video production and social media management.

Kamaria Kaalund

May 9, 2018

What is it like to work at the Wellesley Centers for Women? You're surrounded by activists, social justice workers, and researchers, says Kamaria Kaalund '20.

Elinor Higgins

May 7, 2018

Elinor Higgins '18 has been working at the Wellesley Centers for Women since her first year at Wellesley College. While at WCW, she says she had access to great mentors that created a very supportive environment throughout her undergraduate career.

title slide for this presentation - Unfinished Business: Old Challenges to New Law Reform on Child Marriage

May 4, 2018

In this May 2018 Lunchtime Seminar Spring Series, renowned human rights scholar Rangita de Silva de Alwis, S.J.D., discussed the challenges to reforming child marriage laws. 

An Attitude of Gratitude

April 26, 2018

In this April 2018 Lunchtime Seminar presentation, Jim Strouse, a program manager at Open Circle, provided data and analysis of those resources along with an overview of the emerging research in the field of gratitude in education. 

Speaker presenting this lunchtime seminar

April 19, 2018

In this April 2018 lunchtime seminar, members of WCW's Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research team presented new findings of a recent study of sexual assault case attrition, which discovered that that most cases of rape reported to the police do not result in prosecution -- in fact one in three cases with probable cause did not result in arrest.

Robbin Chapman presenting this lunchtime seminar

April 12, 2018

In this April 2018 lunchtime seminar, Robbin Chapman, Ph.D. presented a developmental framework for equitable development, access, and opportunity for scholars across higher education. 

March 21, 2018

During the March 2018 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, WCW hosted a parallel event during which panelists discussed how gender-focused research can support rural women and girls in Africa.

Emmy Howe

March 21, 2018

Emmy Howe, M.Ed., of the National SEED Project, explains the systems of dominance and oppression that each of us face, and how to be a change agent in these spaces.

Linda Charmaraman

March 19, 2018

Does social media activism decrease in-person activism? Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., discusses this in relation to the 2016 U.S. presidential election. 

Tracy Gladstone, Ph.D.

March 19, 2018

Tracy Gladstone, Ph.D., explains the cultural shift in mental health conversations within communities.

Georgia Hall, Bridget Belgiovine and Lisette DeSouza

March 5, 2018

In this March 2018 lunchtime seminar, focused on women in NCAA basketball, a team of researchers explored the social discrimination, policy, and bureaucratic issues that impede women's recognition and success within the organization. 

Kamilah Drummond-Forrester

February 22, 2018

Director of Open Circle Kamilah Drummond-Forrester, explains the importance of social and emotional learning (SEL) for students.

LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, Ph.D.

February 20, 2018

LaShawnda Lindsay, Ph.D., discusses her research, which examined the population of Black women in STEM fields.

Rebecca Leu and Katie Madsen

January 10, 2018

Wellesley College students share what they've gained from working with a WCW research scientist mentor.

Linda Williams

January 8, 2018

Linda M. Williams, Ph.D., discusses how one of her major findings changed how we understand memory loss and childhood trauma.

Georgia Hall

January 3, 2018

Georgia Hall, Ph.D., explains the importance of healthy eating and physical activity for kids.

December 13, 2017

Research Scientist LaShawnda Lindsay, Ph.D., explains why we need more diverse dolls that show different skin tones, eye shapes, and hair textures.

Sari Kerr

December 8, 2017

Sari Kerr, Ph.D., economist and senior research scientist at WCW, explains how marriage affects the gender wage gap.

Linda Charmaraman

November 30, 2017

In this recording of a November 2017 lunchtime seminar, Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., and her research team discuss results of a survey related to the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Linda M. Williams

November 24, 2017

Linda M. Williams, Ph.D., research scientist and co-founder of the Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative at the Wellelsey Centers for Women offers a brief message on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Amy Hoffman

November 9, 2017

Amy Hoffman, M.F.A., a Massachusetts-based author and editor-in-chief of the Women’s Review of Books, read excerpts from her new novel, The Off Season during this November 2017 presentation at Wellesley College.

Jennifer Grossman

November 7, 2017

How can parents help teens make healthy decisions about dating, sex, and relationships? Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., offers some advice.

Byllye Avery

November 2, 2017

Byllye Y. Avery, founder of the Black Women's Health Imperative shared her story, exploring the many influences in her life that led her to become a health activist.

Peggy McIntosh

October 26, 2017

Renowned scholar Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D., discussed her final paper in the “Feeling Like a Fraud” series during this October 2017 presentation.

Wendy Wagner Robeson

October 19, 2017

With assistance from Wendy Wagner Robeson, Ed.D., of WCW, a group of Wellesley College students came together to develop SeedKit, an affordable lab-in-a-box that can be used to teach hands-on science experiments in communities with few resources. The students -- Caleb Bercu '16, Isabella Narvaez '17, Mebatsion Gebre '18, and Mehak Sarang '18 -- along with Robeson, shared the story of how SeedKit came to be during this October 2017 presentation.

June 7, 2017

Watch highlights and full panel discussions recorded at our June 2017 research forum, From Persistence to Power: Facts, Truth, & Equity for Women.

June 1, 2017

The Wellesley Centers for Women and the Wellesley College Class of 1967 joined together to celebrate 25 years of partnership.

Sarah Gladstone and Tracy Gladstone, Ph.D.

May 11, 2017

A mother daughter duo share how a bat mitzvah project transformed into a five year journey in research and action combatting obstetric fistula and its mental health implications in Ethiopia.

Rangita de Silva de Alwis

April 28, 2017

From Malala to the girls of Chibok in Nigeria, in many parts of the world, there is a war being waged against girls’ education. Women’s human rights scholar and practitioner Rangita de Silva de Alwis, S.J.D. led a discussion on this issue during the presentation, Attacks Against Girls’ Education as a Tactic of Terror.

April 27, 2017

Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., joined by Wellesley College student researchers, offered an overview of recent and emerging findings from the Media & Identity Project -- a series of ongoing online survey studies from 2013 through 2017, which to date have collected data from almost 5,000 individuals living in the U.S. and over 26 countries, ranging from 12 to more than 80 years old.

April 7, 2017

In April of 1979, a sixteen-year-old boy was tried as an adult and convicted of killing a professor in New Orleans, LA. Twelve years later his conviction was overturned due to prosecution misconduct. Senior Scholar Amy Banks, M.D., discusses her personal connection to this case.

March 31, 2017

In this recording from the March 23, 2017 Grace K. Baruch Memorial Lecture, Catia C. Confortini, Ph.D. discusses the lessons she has learned from breast cancer advocates in Nigeria and how their work can inform global health and peace.

March 17, 2017

In a recent study, WCW scholars Sumru Erkut, Ph.D. and Ineke Ceder discovered that women and people of color face bias from selection committees on the pathway to leadership in non-profit theaters. In this video, Ceder offers an overview of their findings as well as some suggestions Erkut and Ceder have for theaters that are looking to change.

LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis speaking at the Lunchtime SeminarNovember 10, 2016

Over the past five years, the world has witnessed, in real time through social media, deaths of many Black youth and adults, often by the actions of police officers.

Erin JohnsonNovember 3, 2016

Physicians face complex and often subjective treatment decisions, and they are expected to make decisions in their patients’ best interest.

September 22, 2016

Studies show that the early years are important for children's growth and development, school readiness, and later life.

August 22, 2016

American Conservatory Theater and The Wellesley Centers for Women presented the opening session of the Women’s Leadership Conference livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at from San Francisco on Monday 22 August at 10 a.m.-12 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 12 p.m.-2 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 1 p.m.-3 p.m. EDT (New York) / 17:00-19:00 GMT / 6 p.m.-8 p.m. BST (London).

Linda Charmaraman June 3, 2016

Charmaraman considers four areas around adolescent development as it relates to media literacy and media consumption in her presentation.

June 3, 2016

Ceder discusses research on women's leadership in nonprofit theaters and how other trends in women's leadership in elected office and on corporate boards, reflect the need for more female representation and participation.

Amy Banks speaking at Lunchtime SeminarMay 19, 2016

There has been a long history of disconnection between the art of psychodynamic therapy work and the information being discovered in neuroscience research labs all around the world.

Linda M. WilliamsMay 12, 2016

Linda Williams, Ph.D., discusses her research on intimate partner violence, sex trafficking, and gender-based violence, sharing insights and perspectives federal policymakers could consider more in the coming years.

Wendy Wagner Robeson May 12, 2016

Robeson discusses the value and need for quality early care and education, noting the significant wage discrepancies for educators in this field compared to other educators and other professions, and sharing recommendations for ensuring a well-compensated, skilled workforce to prepare children for lifelong learning.

Amy Hoffman May 12, 2016

Hoffman shares some of the titles and authors that were recommended by invited contributors to the Women's Review of Books, to be on the reading list of the next U.S. President.

Tracy Gladstone May 12, 2016

Gladstone shares data on the alarming rates of depression in children and adolescents, providing insight and recommendations on ways practitioners and educators, with the help of policymakers, can help identify and prevent depression in more young people.

Ellen Gannett May 12, 2016

Gannett recommends ways policymakers and private industry can work together to create a stronger and more well-prepared workforce to meet the increased demands being placed on the out-of-school time field in order to contribute to both social/emotional and academic success of children and youth.

May 12, 2016

We are more alike than we are unalike – or so says the often quoted poem by Maya Angelou. Yet a substantial part of our cultural heritage is a racialized narrative that not only emphasizes our differences, but also ranks them as indicators of human worth.

Prioty Sarwar and Jennifer GrossmanMay 5, 2016

For both teens and parents, talking about sex can be uncomfortable, but often teens and parents disagree about whether or not they have talked about sex at all.

Amy HoffmanApril 21, 2016

In her April 21, 2016 lunchtime seminar, Amy Hoffman, M.F.A. read selections from her novel in progress Dot and Ralfie, which centers on a lesbian couple in their late sixties, who are facing some of the dilemmas of aging.

April 14, 2016

“Mind the Gap” is a well-known cautionary phrase from the London Underground, but it also offers an excellent picture of our child welfare system.

April 7, 2016

To say that health care is a community benefit and not simply an individual or national benefit, is to acknowledge that communities are critical moral actors in determining just and fair health care, argues Charlene Galarneau, Ph.D., in her forthcoming book

March 31, 2016

“Mindfulness” has become an increasingly popular term, especially when it comes to education.

Linda Charmaraman

March 11, 2016

In this video, Dr. Linda Charmaraman discusses where the Media and Identity Study is headed, and what issues she is hoping to understand through the study's results.

Huiying Bernice Chan

March 11, 2016

In this video, Wellesley College student Huiying Bernice Chan discusses how the Media & Identity Study evolved over the 3 years she was involved with it, and what the project findings mean to her.


March 10, 2016

In this video, Budnampet Ramanudom (Class of 2018) discusses her role on the Media and Identity Study team and the project’s next steps.

Linda Charmaraman March 4, 2016

In this video, Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., principal investigator of the Media & Identity Study, reviews the findings related to cyber harassment, which focused on cyber rumor spreading and being mean or rude to others online, and the implications for those findings.