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Christian Science Monitor, December 7, 2018

By Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

Afterschool Matters 2018 FallNovember 23, 2018

Afterschool Matters reflects on the out-of-school time field's ability to provide students with experiences outside of the classroom that give them opportunities to stretch their skills, grow friendships, and challenge limits. 

Reveal, Nov 17, 2018

By Mark Greenblatt and Mark Fahey of Newsy and Bernice Yeung of ProPublica

LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, Ph.D.

November 15, 2018

In this November 2018 lunchtime seminar led by LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, 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.

Primary Healthcare, November 5, 2018

By Aanish Librah


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. 

LaShawnda Lindsay-DennisOctober 22, 2018

Research scientist LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, Ph.D., will lead an interactive body image discussion.

Sabina Unni, Stephanie Cobas, Linda Charmaraman, Cynthia Serrano NajeraOctober 17, 2018

NIH awarded WCW $450,000 over three years to study social media use of early adolescents while providing Wellesley College students with hands-on research opportunities.

The Wellesley News, October 8, 2018

By Erin Kelly

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October 4, 2018

Autumn Green, Ph.D., and Sarah Galison discuss the unique challenges faced by students with children, particular 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.

Education Week, October 4, 2018

By Nan Stein and Bruce Taylor

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Dr. Autumn Green will share findings from her research on student-parent programs in higher education.

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Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., and members of the WCW Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab will share updates of two works in progress surrounding the 2016 U.S. presidential election and teen social media use.

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.

Vox, CEPR Policy Portal, September, 21 2018

By Sari Pekkala Kerr and William Kerr

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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.

European Business Review, September 18, 2018

By Ineke Ceder and Sumru Erkut

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The Wellesley Centers for Women will partner with University of Illinois at Chicago on a $7 million, multi-year project to evaluate and compare depression prevention programs for teens.

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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.

Barbara Newell, former president of Wellesley CollegeSeptember 4, 2018

Dr. Newell will share her motivation for founding the Centers and her reflections on its social change work over the last 50 years.

child drawing with colored pencilsAugust 22, 2018

Researchers at WCW investigate and eliminate cultural biases in assessment tool to ensure that results accurately indicate the quality level of youth afterschool educational programs.

San Francisco Chronicle, August 9, 2018

By Joe Garofoli

CNN Business, July 25, 2018

By Julia Carpenter

Washington Post, July 1, 2018

By Laura Pappano

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.

June 26, 2018

The National AfterSchool Association (NAA), the lead organization for the advancement of the afterschool professional, has selected the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) as one of NAA’s 2018 Most Influential in Research and Evaluation. Honorees are distinguished for their contributions to research and evaluation on youth and adolescent development.

Working Knowledge from Harvard Business School, June, 25 2018

By Michael Blanding


Kamilah Drummond-Forrester, Linda Charmaraman, Layli Maparyan, and LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis at the Women of Color Conference August 6, 2018

Self care, rejuvenation, creativity, and empowerment were promoted throughout the Women of Color Conference held in partnership by WCW and The Home for Little Wanderers in June 2018 at Wellesley College.

Dana Rudolph and Katie Couric June 18, 2018

WCW staff member Dana Rudolph '88 and award-winning journalist Katie Couric were recognized for their commitment to the LGBTQ community.

young girl baking cookiesJune 13, 2018

Summer isn’t just about basketball hoops, sprinkler parks, and popsicles. It’s an ideal time to help adolescents and children catch up on building their reading, writing, and math skills.

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Six Wellesley College students have been accepted to a hands-on social science research internship program at the Wellesley Centers for Women during the 2018-2019 academic year.

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May 16, 2018

For Tanushree Mohan '18, getting involved with WCW during her four years at Wellesley College gave her tremendous opportunities. This year she was awarded The Morse Fellowship, an endowed WCW internship, and is studying under Dr. Sari Kerr.

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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.

The Boston Globe, May 12, 2018

By Jennifer Grossman

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. 

Deborah HolmesMay 10, 2018

The Wellesley Centers for Women is mourning the death of Deborah Holmes, Chair of the WCW Council of Advisors and a passionate activist committed to the lives of women, people of color, equity, and social justice across the world.

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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.

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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.

Screen shot of 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. 

April 16, 2018

Renowned human rights scholar to visit Wellesley College to discuss challenges to reforming child marriage laws.

Inter Press Service, May 2, 2018

By Rangita de Silva de Alwis

Bay State Parent, April 30, 2018

By Joan Goodchild

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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. 

April 2, 2018

Wellesley College program manager will discuss emerging research on gratitude in elementary school classrooms.

April 24, 2018

The newest issue of Afterschool Matters, the national, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting professionalism, scholarship, and consciousness in the field of afterschool education, reflects on the field’s commitment to the value of the life of every student, in school and out—a timely focus as youth and young adults rally for safety and equity nationwide and educators strive to provide the highest quality environments that encourage learning and growth.

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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.

March 26, 2018

Wellesley College research scientist to discuss changes in the justice system response to sexual assault over the last four decades.

Care2, April 19, 2018

By Lauren Longo

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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 19, 2018

Robbin Chapman, Ph.D., higher education educator and strategist, will discuss the Thrive Mosaic.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education, April 8, 2018

By Nichole Margarita Garcia

Christian Science Monitor, March 30, 2018

By Laura Pappano

Sydney Morning Herald, March 27, 2018

By Jane Gilmore

APPS Policy Forum, March 23, 2018

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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.

Flyer for 2018 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women event hosted by WCW.

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.

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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. 

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March 19, 2018

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

February 19, 2018

Wellesley College research scientist to discuss internet-based approach to depression prevention.

Wellesley News, March 7, 2018

By Kendall Smith

Jennifer BaumgardnerMarch 5, 2018

The Wellesley Centers for Women and Old City Publishing are pleased to announce that feminist writer and activist Jennifer Baumgardner has been named editor in chief of Women’s Review of Books, the long-running publication that provides a forum for serious, informed discussion of new writing by and about women.

Screenshot from March 1 2018 Lunchtime Seminar on NCAA women's basketball

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. 

February 12, 2018

Team of Wellesley College faculty, researchers, and student to lead discussion.

Screen Shot from video interview with Kamilah Drummond-Forrester of Open Circle

February 22, 2018

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

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February 20, 2018

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

Variety, February 7, 2018

By Mary McColl

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 2, 2018

By Bo Emerson

Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation, January 31, 2018

By Kira Taj

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January 10, 2018

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

Harvard Business Review, January 8, 2018

By Ineke Ceder and Sumru Erkut, Ph.D.

RealClearMarkets, January 8, 2018

By Ray Keating


January 8, 2018

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

Research & Action Annual Report 2017

While not always a pressing domestic priority for all Americans, early childhood care and education (ECCE) for young children has been in the forefront for many working families for decades. In order to work or go to school or training, parents need someone to watch their young children before they are old enough to go to school. Sixty-one percent of children under the age of five are in some type of regular ECCE arrangement, and ECEE serves dual purposes. It not only allows parents to be employed or be in school or training, it also helps prepare children for school and academic success—this is especially true for children from families with low incomes. Even quality afterschool care or out-of-school-time care for school-age children can be hard to obtain. Finding the kind of care mothers and fathers want for their children and then learning they can’t afford it has broken many parents’ hearts and budgets. What are they to do? 

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January 3, 2018

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

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December 13, 2017

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


December 8, 2017

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

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