Can Extended Family Keep Teens from Making Risky Sexual Decisions?
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To date, most research about family sexuality communication has focused on teens and their parents. However, Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., and her research team are expanding this topic to include conversations with extended family members -- older siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents -- to understand how they can help teens make smarter decisions about dating, sex, and relationships.

In April, their latest research on this topic was published in the peer-reviewed academic journal, Family Relations.
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How to be a Change Agent

Emmy Howe of WCW's National SEED Project explains that each person has systems in which they are privileged or oppressed. Once a person is aware of how they fit into a system, they can work to change a small piece of it.   

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Honor a Woman in Your Life

For Mother's Day, we asked our friends what they want the world to know about the women in their lives. Find out what they said.


Honor a woman in your life this Mother's Day and give to WCW. Your gift will support research and action programs that improve the lives of women and girls around the world. Can you imagine a more meaningful way to say thank you?
Honor a special woman in your life.
Celebrate Mother's Day.
Give Today.
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New Women's Review of Books

The newest issue looks at books about Colombian painter and intellectual Emma Reyes, activist and co-founder of Black Lives Matter Patrisse Khan-Cullors, the difficulties scholars of color face in gaining tenure, and more. 

This was the first issue from new Editor in Chief Jennifer Baumgardner. Read our Q&A with Baumgardner to get to know her better. 
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Lunchtime Seminars Thru May 10

Our spring Lunchtime Seminar Series will run until May 10. Join us in person or follow along on FacebookLive for these upcoming presentations:
  • Apr 26 - Exploring the Impact of Gratitude Practices on Teacher Wellbeing with Jim Strouse, M.Ed., Open Circle
  • May 4 - Unfinished Business: Old Challenges in New Law Reform on Child Marriage with Rangita de Silva de Alwis, S.J.D.
  • May 10 - Preventing Youth Depression in a Digital Age: An Internet-Based Approach with Tracy Gladstone, Ph.D.
Past presentations were recorded and are available on our website.
Layli Maparyan_ PhD - WCW Executive Director
Thank you for your interest in helping to shape a better world for women and girls, families and communities. To learn more about the Wellesley Centers for Women and how our research informs social change, visit our website

Katherine Stone Kaufmann '67 Executive Director
Wellesley Centers for Women
Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College, 106 Central St, Wellesley, MA 02481