University of Minnesota
myU OneStop

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is the University of
Minnesota's school of policy and planning.

CWPP Banner

Public Policy is gendered. Men and women are affected differently by public policies, and they participate differently in the public policy making process. Public policies are an important component in the ongoing construction of gender differences and a site where gender is resisted and renegotiated.




The Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy illuminates gender-based disparities through research, teaching, and public engagement. In partnership with students, faculty, policy makers and community leaders, the Center advances effective public policies that create a more equitable world.

Formed in 1985 as the nation’s first comprehensive teaching, research, and outreach center devoted to women and public policy, the Center builds on a long tradition of:

  • Engaging students, faculty, the public and decision-makers of all genders in dialogue, policy-making and action for the common good;
  • Conducting community-engaged research that helps solve the most pressing disparities and challenges related to sex, gender and other aspects of a person’s identity (e.g. race, class, ethnicity, family status);
  • Supporting women leaders and leaders of all genders who contribute to a more gender-equitable world;
  • Sustaining a network of faculty, students, alumni, policymakers and partners that grounds the Center’s work and enables high impact action.

In the Media

Recent media for the Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy:



Faculty position in Women, Gender and Public Policy

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota seeks to hire an advanced Associate or Full Professor whose research, scholarship, academic leadership and service focus broadly on Women, Gender and Public Policy. More

WPP advises on Minnesota's Paid Family Leave BilPFL press conferencel


Now available: 2014 Status of Women and Girls in Minnesota

Watch testimony on Women's Economic Security Act

Learn more about the Women's Economic Security Act

Conduct your research using our user-friendly web tool GenderEquality Explorer.

CWPP/science,technology and public policy NSF-funded project examining the presence and influence of women in science and technology policy roles.


Deborah Levison

Faculty on Gender

Deborah Levison



Expertise: Child labor and education in poor countries; population studies; gender issues; labor economics; child care


More on Faculty Partners


Contact Center on Women + Public Policy

Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
264 Humphrey School
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Connect on Facebook