News & Events
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.
May 26, 2020
A report on campus sexual assault by our Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative was published days before new Title IX rules were issued by the Department of Education.
December 6, 2019
Members of the WCW community gathered at the Wellesley College Club in November 2019 to celebrate the publication of a new book by activist and changemaker Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D.
November 26, 2019
The Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley Club of Atlanta, and The Lola, a women-focused coworking space, joined together in Atlanta, GA, in November 2019 to discuss women's entrepreneurship, the gender pay gap, and work-life balance.
November 14, 2019
Karen Craddock, Ph.D., shares findings from a case study centering the voices of women with Black-Indigenous American ancestry.
November 13, 2019
Visiting Scholar Karen Craddock, Ph.D., participated in a symposium in Washington, D.C., on religion, spirituality, and mental health for youth of color.
October 17, 2019
Jonathan F. Zaff, Ph.D discusses young people’s need for a “web of support.”
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 20, 2019
Throughout the 2019-2020 academic year, five Wellesley College students will gain hands-on social science research experience and mentorship from a WCW research scientist through the Class of 1967 Internship Program.
September 19, 2019
Scholars discuss their journey in designing and implementing a science and art education program for students in Nigeria.
July 29, 2019
Dr. Linda Charmaraman turned her research into action when she co-led a workshop teaching middle schoolers to use social media in healthy ways.
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.
June 26, 2019
Sari Pekkala Kerr, Ph.D., economist and senior research scientist, testified before the U.S. House Committee on the Budget at a hearing on the economic benefits of immigration.
April 18, 2019
Researchers look at what has and hasn't changed for gender equality in college basketball over the last ten years.
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.
March 21, 2019
A DOJ-funded study from our Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative highlights the striking number of sexual assault cases that never lead to an arrest or trial.
March 15, 2019
Hauwa Ibrahim discusses her hands-on work to tame the rising tide of extremism while fostering a culture of peace.
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.
November 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.
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.
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.
October 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.
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.
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.
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.
September 18, 2018
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.
August 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.
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.
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.
June 18, 2018
WCW staff member Dana Rudolph '88 and award-winning journalist Katie Couric were recognized for their commitment to the LGBTQ community.
May 23, 2018
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.
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.
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.
May 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.
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 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.
April 23, 2018
Most research about family sexuality communication has focused on teens and their parents, but Dr. Jennifer Grossman is including conversations with extended family members to understand how they can help teens make smarter decisions about dating, sex, and relationships.
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.
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
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.
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.
March 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.
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.
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?
For Immediate Release: December 14, 2017
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.
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.
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.
November 7, 2017
How can parents help teens make healthy decisions about dating, sex, and relationships? Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., offers some advice.
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.
For Immediate Release: November 1, 2017
On October 30, 2017, the Joint Committee on Public Health and Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators held a public hearing on domestic violence as a public health issue. Senior Research Scientist Linda M. Williams, Ph.D., co-founder of the Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative, offered a written testimony that highlighted the need to build or enhance community readiness to deal with domestic violence in all communities.
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.
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.
For Immediate Release: September 25, 2017
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.
The Wellesley Centers for Women and the Wellesley College Class of 1967 joined together to celebrate 25 years of partnership.
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.
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.
For Immediate Release: June 23, 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. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole and sent to Angola, the bloodiest prison in the country, to live out his days. Twelve years later his conviction was overturned due to prosecution misconduct. In this recording of the April 6, 2017 lunchtime seminar, “Fighting Time: Exploring the Social Impact of Wrongful Conviction,” Amy Banks, M.D. discusses her personal connection to this case.
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.
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.
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.
Physicians face complex and often subjective treatment decisions, and they are expected to make decisions in their patients’ best interest.
Studies show that the early years are important for children's growth and development, school readiness, and later life.
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 howlround.tv 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).
Charmaraman considers four areas around adolescent development as it relates to media literacy and media consumption in her presentation.
By Jennifer Grossman Ph.D.
Think about it—in many of our parents’ and grandparents’ generations, there was little family conversation about sex. Often, for religious and cultural reasons, family communication about sex was considered taboo. Many teens did not know what sex was or how to protect themselves from pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections (STIs). This has changed in many families, as cultural expectations have shifted and there is growing recognition that teenparent sexuality communication can protect teens from early pregnancy and STIs. Many parents also have reflected on the potentially harmful effects that ignorance about sexuality had on their own teenage years and lived experiences. Parents now often commit to talking with their children about sex, breaking from traditions of family silence from past generations, as a way to support their children’s healthy development.