The Center on Women and Public Policy's comprehensive research of the
existing databases of public policy cases (such as the Harvard University's
John F. Kennedy School of Government, the University of Washington's Electronic
Hallway, and others) showed that less than 1% of the thousands of existing
cases raise women's issues or even have a female protagonist. Professor
Kenney's documentation of the paucity of cases and the poor quality of
existing cases was published in the most recent issue of the Journal of
Policy Analysis and Management.
Since 2000, the Center embarked on a project to produce case studies
in women and public policy, pulling together scholars, students, activists,
and Extension educators from many different disciplinary backgrounds.
Several of the cases are used in classes at Harvard's Kennedy School of
Government and the Sociology Department at the University of Toronto,
and Mills College to name a few. The results of the project have been
presented at the University of Minnesota's Academy of Teaching conference,
the annual meeting of the Association of Policy Analysis and Management,
and at the National Council of Research on Women's annual conference.