Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy

Center for Women, Gender, and Public Policy

The Center played a pivotal role in passage of the 2014 Women's Economic Security Act signed by Governor Dayton on Mother's Day.

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.
Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy

Humphrey School of Public Affairs
257 Humphrey School
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

(612) 625-7176
Center Director Debra Fitzpatrick discusses key trends related to gender equity at the 2015 Women's Economic Security Summit.