• Research & Action Midyear Brief
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    Pivoting Our Work in Response to COVID-19

    June 2020

    Our new Research & Action Report highlights how we are shifting our work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, while continuing to drive social change.

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  • WCW Statement on Anti-Racism Protests
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    WCW Statement on Anti-Racism Protests

    June 2020

    We are energized by the thousands of anti-racist activists pushing for change and for dismantling the structural racism rooted in our daily lives. This change is long overdue.

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  • WCW Response to COVID-19: Message from Our Executive Director
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    WCW Response to COVID-19: Message from Our Executive Director

    March 2020

    During this unprecedented time, our work towards gender equality, social justice, and human wellbeing has taken on new meaning.

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  • Research Team Completes Study on Campus Sexual Assault as New Title IX Rules Released
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    Research Team Completes Study on Campus Sexual Assault as New Title IX Rules Released

    May 2020

    Our report on campus sexual assault was published days before new Title IX rules were issued by the Department of Education.

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  • Women’s Review of Books During COVID-19
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    Women’s Review of Books During COVID-19

    May/June 2020

    The new issue of Women's Review of Books highlights anti-Asian racism in the U.S., abortion access, and the AIDS epidemic -- fitting topics during these unprecedented times.

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Packing Power In After-School Hours

Little attention was being paid to the development of after-school opportunities Twenty-five years ago when Michelle (Mickey) Seligson and Jim Levine met to create the School-Age Child Care Project. At that time, Jim was assistant director for the Human Relations-Youth Resources Commission in Brookline, Massachusetts, and Mickey was helping several parent groups in Brookline set up afterschool day care programs. When mention of Mickey's projects in two national magazines drew over 1,500 letters requesting more information, it became clear that there was a great need for such projects across the country.

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School Interventions, Not Zero Tolerance, Prevent Gender Violence

Effective materials for students, school personnel, and parents are critical to combating bullying and sexual harassment in schools. Creating such tools is a core interest of senior research scientist Nan Stein, a former middle school teacher whose work ranges from anti-bullying and harassment curricula to new work on the dangers that zero tolerance laws pose to children's civil rights. The sale of more than

75,000 copies of Stein's three curricula attests to the need for such classroom tools.

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Afterschool Learning for the Heart and the Head

The battle for afterschool care has evolved in the past 20 years from the urgent need to create safe, affordable programs to rising demands for good programs that use afterschool time strategically. Although increasing pressures from the nationwide curriculum reform and standardized testing movements push afterschool programs to focus on academic goals, the precious hours between classroom and family room need to include genuine relationships with caring adults outside the hierarchies of school or family, according to the leaders of the Bringing Yourself to Work (BYTW) program.

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Q&A with Jo Kim

Jo Kim, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Wellesley Centers for Women since December 2001, studies gender, race and ethnicity, the workplace, immigration, and globalization. Kim did her master's and doctoral degrees in sociology at Columbia University, where she examined workplace relationships between Korean managers and their Korean-American white-collar employees in U.S.-based Korean transnational corporations. In addition to her research interests, Kim is enthusiastic about teaching and working with students and has taught a number of courses in sociology and women's studies at Columbia and Rutgers Universities. In the spring semester of 2004 she will be teaching a course on Asian-American women in the Women's Studies Department at Wellesley College, where she is currently a visiting assistant professor.

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Battered Mothers Fight to Survive the Family Court System

Human rights abuse charges are commonly used to attempt to tarnish political leaders and institutions in other countries. However, when the human rights lens focuses on U.S. institutions, such as the Massachusetts family court system, alarming cracks appear in the American assumption of justice at home. The Centers' Battered Mothers' Testimony Project (BMTP) has found that battered women often face yet another form of abuse in court.

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Telling the Truth About Power

Many of us in this society are mixed up about power. Yet power is very real and is operating right in front of us all the time. Quite amazingly, those who have the most power in our society almost never talk about it, and, even more amazingly, they induce many of the rest of us not to recognize it, either.

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Conference on Violence Against Women Sparks Worldwide Interest

Research & Action Report Fall/Winter 2003

international work

 The announcement by the Wellesley Centers for Women of plans to host a spring 2004 conference, Innovations in Understanding Violence against Women, has generated unprecedented interest from all parts of the world. To date, more than 300 abstracts for conference presentations have been submitted from 45 countries, evidence of how much this subject is on the minds of researchers, advocates, activists and governmental as well as nongovernmental leaders everywhere.

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Bringing Yourself to Work: Caregiving in After-School Environments

Years ago, after-school hours were a time when children played in the neighborhood, at home, or with friends. Today, they are a time when many parents scramble to find accessible, affordable, high-quality child care. As the number of after-school programs increases and the child-care field expands, various agendas are being promoted about the "appropriate" role of these programs in children's lives: academic skill development to improve performance on standardized tests, social competency skills, crime prevention, or welfare reform.

 

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Relational-Cultural Research in the Real World

This past June, the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMTI) at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) held Research Forum 2005, a professional development program that showcased “Relational-Cultural Research in the Real World” and provided resources for investigators who seek practical examples to inform and advance their work.

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Back on the Presses: Women's Review of Books

The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) is proud to announce the relaunch of Women’s Review of Books! Founded by WCW in 1983, Women’s Review was published monthly for 22 years before suspending publication in December, 2004, due to rising debt. Women’s Review will return in January, 2006, as a bimonthly tabloid.

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