• WRBgenerations

    Tackling Gender, Race, Generations

    March-April 2017

    The new issue Women's Review of Books looks at intersectional politics and the work of Black Lives Matter, featuring a remarkable discussion between older and younger Black women activists on gender, race, and generations.

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  • Theaterpic

    Bias Blocks Path to Theater Leadership for Women, People of Color

    WCW's Sumru Erkut, Ph.D. and Ineke Ceder released the final report on their investigation into the lack of women and people of color in top leadership positions in nonprofit resident theaters. Watch Ineke Ceder give an overview of their findings.

  • LSSstock

    Scholars To Share Expertise in Thought-Provoking Lecture Series

    March 23-May 11, 2017

    Join us for our spring Lunchtime Seminar Series. WCW scholars will share their work or lead discussions on topics including the impact of wrongful conviction, feminist global health, sexual violence and prosecution, civic engagement, and more.

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    Creating Conversational Communities that Drive Change

    Looking to create greater equity and diversity in your school or organization? Apply now to SEED New Leaders Week! You'll use multicultural SEED materials and methods to explore your own experiences and learn how to lead SEED seminars for peers in your community, creating conversational communities that drive change.

    Apply for SEED New Leaders Week>>
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Ongoing since 2007
Assessment of Boston Childcare Programs

workfamilieschildren_small20This project provides a comprehensive picture of the quality of Boston's Early Care and Education programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, in both centers and family child care homes.

Ongoing since 1986
Assessing Child Care Issues in Working Families

workfamilieschildren This long-term program brings together research on employment, work and family issues, and child care as a support for working families.

Ongoing since 1985
Study of working conditions and impact on health

workfamilieschildren_small20Working Conditions and Health is a group of inter-related research projects with a common interest in understanding the relation of working conditions to the physical and mental health of workers.

Ongoing since 1999
Assessment of Early Care and Education in Massachusetts

workfamilieschildren_small20This group of inter-related research projects seeks to understand the state of early care and education in Massachusetts and make recommendations for quality outcomes.

Family relationships

workfamilieschildren_small20This project looks at two national datasets to explore the relations among child, family, employment, and program characteristics and parental choice.

Ongoing since 2012
Womanist Studies and Applied Womanism

This work revolves around helping to build and define the burgeoning field of womanist studies.

Ongoing since 2015


Ongoing since 2011
A comparison between the U.S. and Finland

This research project is divided into two separate sub-projects. The first concentrates on analyzing the effects of family leave policies in the United States. The analysis uses micro data from the U.S. to evaluate the economic issues related to parental leaves. The changes in Federal and State level parental leave mandates in the 1980s and 1990s provide an interesting setting in which the career impacts of parental leaves can be evaluated. The second research stream will perform a similar evaluation using Finnish data. Finland has an extensive family leave policy that was developed over the last 40 years, providing a useful comparison to the United States. The project is funded by the 35th Anniversary Fund of the WCW.

Ongoing since 2015

Examining the impacts of immigrant entrepreneurs.

Ongoing since 2011
Immigration programs and policies

This project will examine the role of firms in shaping high-skilled immigration to the United States. In particular, we exploit the combined employer - employee data of the most prominent US high tech firms to evaluate the extent to which foreign born science and engineering workers are employed, and how the work force composition is affected by the inflows of immigrant scientists. This research is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.