• Ashoka Conference

    International Sex/Ed Conference Brings Together Perspectives from U.S. and India

    November 2017

    Over two days, academics, activists, artists, and performers from the U.S., India, and abroad painted a vivid picture of the intricate issues surrounding sex and education as well as the relationship between the two.

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  • Linda Williams on Chronicle

    A Researcher's Perspective on Workplace Sexual Harassment

    December 2017

    Senior Research Scientist Linda M. Williams, Ph.D., sat down with Chronicle, the nation's longest-running locally produced magazine television show, to discuss the rising public and industry responses to workplace sexual harassment.

    Read more and watch the segment>>
  • Why We Need More Diverse Dolls

    Why We Need More Diverse Dolls

    December 2017

    Research shows that doll representation matters, LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, Ph.D., explains in a brief video.

    Watch the video>>
  • Women's Review of Books

    Women's Review of Books: The Genuis Octavia Butler

    November/December 2017

    The new issue of Women's Review highlights the genius of Octavia Butler and looks at other books by and about women on the relationships between First Ladies and slaves in their households, the history of the U.S. gay and lesbian left, and the women2drive campaign that challenged Saudi Arabia's prohibition on women driving.

    Browse the issue>>
  • Lunchtime Seminar Videos

    Watch Footage from Thought-Provoking Lecture Series

    This fall, scholars and friends of WCW presented new findings and shared their work during our Lunchtime Seminar Series. Watch the recordings to learn about a science education initiative, imposter syndrome, a new novel, and civic engagement.

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Enhancing Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Efforts through Situational Interventions: Adapting an Evidence-...

Ongoing since 2015

Nan Stein , Ed.D., in partnership with the Center for Effective Public Policy (CEPP), the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA), and Applied Research Services (ARS) will address campus sexual assault prevention, with an overarching goal of contributing to national and institutional efforts to prevent and reduce campus sexual violence effectively.

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Boston Public Schools Early Childhood Studies

Assessing Preschool and Kindergarten Programs

workfamilieschildren_small20The Work, Families & Children team has conducted a series of studies for the Boston Public Schools (BPS), including the BPS K1 and K2 Programs Needs Assessment, and a 2007-08 follow-up study.

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Empowering Families

Ongoing since 2014
Children's social-emotional development

This project is designed to support children's social-emotional and cognitive development.

Wellesley Centers for Women

Developing and Validating Practical Teacher Assessments for Use in Center-based Pre-kindergarten Programs

Ongoing since 2011

The goal of this project is to produce a reliable and valid measure of teachers’ educational beliefs and knowledge of child development and ECE pedagogy that can be used to validate the effectiveness of professional development programs and interventions, as well as, to provide valuable feedback in applied settings regarding ECE teachers’ professional development needs and classroom appropriateness.

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Massachusetts QRIS Validation Study

Ongoing since 2016

The Massachusetts QRIS Validation Study, led by Joanne Roberts, Ph.D., in collaboration with UMass Donahue Institute, involved the collection of quality observations and child assessments in ECE programs participating in the QRIS system.

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Boston Quality Inventory

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.

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Work, Families and Children

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.

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Working Conditions and Health


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.

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Massachusetts Early Care and Education Studies

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.

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Parental Choice: Research Evidence from Two National Datasets

Family relationships

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