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    April 9, 2021

    During Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month, Linda Williams, Ph.D., addresses one of the lesser publicly understood issues in this area — the pressing problem of commercial sexual exploitation of children.

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    Crisis and Opportunity: Building a Better Child Care System

    March 24, 2021

    Panelists addressed the Biden-Harris administration's approach to child care policy during this virtual Social Change Dialogue.

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    On Equal Pay Day, Researching Policies for a Gender Equitable Future

    March 24, 2021

    As we pursue research that shows us which policies can help close the gender pay gap, we advance gender equality, social justice, and human wellbeing.

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    Women’s Review of Books

    March/April 2021

    The latest edition of Women’s Review of Books has arrived! This edition reflects on race and feminism throughout history, celebrates lesbian photographer JEB, and even includes a little Greek Mythology.

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    New Research Explores Social Media and Adolescent Body Image

    February 2021

    A recently published journal article explores social media’s role in influencing adolescents' attitudes toward body image.

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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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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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Q & A with Tracy Gladstone, Ph.D.

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Collaborations and Communication: A School-Based Depression Prevention & Intervention Program

Depression is a common problem among adolescents. The average age for a first onset of depression is 15, and about 20 percent of teens will have experienced significant depressive symptoms by the time they are 18. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among adolescents in the U.S. Research indicates that 16 percent of U.S. adolescents report seriously considering suicide in a one-year period, and eight percent of U.S. adolescents report making a suicide attempt. Studies have found that more than 50 percent of adolescents who committed suicide had a mood disorder at the time. Building on her ongoing depression prevention and intervention work with adolescents, Gladstone and her clinical research team are working with two Greater Boston towns to pilot in-school screenings.

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