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    Now Accepting Applications for 2020-21 Internships

    March 2020

    We are accepting applications from Wellesley College students to serve as interns during the 2020-21 academic year. Applications are due March 15, 2020.

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    Social Change Dialogues at Wellesley College

    Spring 2020

    Research scientists and project directors at WCW will lead thought-provoking discussions on issues including gender identity, #metoo, and family housing on college campuses.

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    Highlights from a Decade of Research and Action

    January 2020

    Layli Maparyan, Ph.D., executive director of WCW, reflects on our top 10 moments of the 2010s.

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    The Feminist Press is 50!

    January 2020

    The new issue of Women's Review of Books celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Feminist Press and features an interview with its co-founder Florence Howe, a leader of the contemporary feminist movement.

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  • New Initiative Supports Mental Wellbeing in College Students
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    New Initiative Supports Mental Wellbeing in College Students

    December 2019

    A WCW research team conducts a pilot study to develop a depression prevention program for Wellesley College students.

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  • Social and Emotional Learning Supports Restorative Justice
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    Social and Emotional Learning Supports Restorative Justice

    December 2019

    Kamilah Drummond-Forrester, M.A., CAGS, shares why she believes social and emotional learning is critical for effective implementation of restorative justice practices.

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Looking Back & Looking Forward: A Half Century of Social Change, 1974-2024

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Wellesley Centers for Women will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2024 and in recognition of this milestone has launched a history project, “Looking Back & Looking Forward: A Half Century of Social Change, 1974-2024.” This multi-year initiative will feature a collection of historical information about the foundation, growth, projects, events, social impact of, and the people and partners related to the Centers’ research-and-action work. Progressing until 2024, pieces for the collection will be produced, curated, and archived on the WCW website, wcwonline.org/halfcentury.

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Q&A with Karen Craddock, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar

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New Scholars Explore Motherhood and Women’s Lives

Applied psychologist Karen Craddock, Ph.D., initially joined the Centers in 2014 as a scholar and faculty member with the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute, a legacy project of WCW. Now she is continuing her studies around Relational Cultural Theory as a WCW visiting scholar and linking it with her work on optimal resistance and resilience. Her work is focused on addressing issues of equity and trauma and developing wellness, strengths, and connection, particularly among marginalized communities.

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Q&A with Autumn Green, Ph.D., Research Scientist

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New Scholars Explore Motherhood and Women’s Lives

Autumn Green, Ph.D., is an applied sociologist whose research focuses on access to higher education for student parents. Her current work includes the first comprehensive research study on resources and programs for student parents at colleges and universities in the U.S.

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Q&A with Hauwa Ibrahim, J.D., S.J.D., M.L., Visiting Scholar

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New Scholars Explore Motherhood and Women’s Lives

Hauwa Ibrahim, J.D., S.J.D., M.L., has over 15 years of experience in human rights law, including successfully defending 150 women and children in Shariah Courts. During her time as a visiting scholar at WCW, in addition to working on two manuscripts, she is focusing primarily on further developing the Mothers Without Borders initiative, a project that explores how mothers and communities can prevent the radicalization of youth.

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Commentary by Sari Pekkala Kerr, Ph.D.

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Immigrant Entrepreneurship in America: Key Lessons from Recent Research

Immigration plays an important role in the growth of the U.S. population and economy, yet we continue to debate whether it has positive or negative impacts on native U.S. workers, and how these impacts are divided among population groups. In the last few years, it seems that the tone of this debate has become increasingly bitter and the views more divided.

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Primary Care and Community-Based Prevention of Mental Disorders in Adolescents

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Ongoing since 2018

This multi-year study will test of two approaches -- the online intervention CATCH-IT and an in-person group therapy intervention, POD -- to see which can prevent depression in teens.

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Bringing the Power of Data to the United Nations

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Abigail Burgesson, Dorcas Coker-Appiah, Clementina Furtado, Tracy Gladstone, Layli Maparyan, and logo from WCW UN event


WCW hosted a parallel event during the 62nd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

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Jennifer Baumgardner Named Editor in Chief of Women’s Review of Books

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Jennifer Baumgardner


Feminist writer and activist Jennifer Baumgardner has been named editor in chief of Women’s Review of Books.

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Political Participation in the Digital Age

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Linda Charmaraman

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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Commentary by Wendy Wagner Robeson, Ed.D.

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Advancing Early Childhood Care and Education Policy in the U.S.

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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