Case Studies

The center'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 Sally 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.

Download case study: "Case Studies on Women and Public Policy," Sally J. Kenney, Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Additional Cases

  • "A Fair Representation: Advocating for Women's Rights in the International Criminal Court" by Barbara A. Frey
  • "Casa de Esperanza" by Jodi Sandfort
  • "Caucus at Your Own Risk: Senator Sheila Kiscaden and the Minnesota Republican Caucus" by Amy Strauss
  • "Fighting for Access to Midwifery Care and Home Birth: The Minnesota Story" by Mary M. Lay
  • "Finding a Safe Space: Prioritizing Safety Considerations for Trans Youth in the Portland Homeless Youth Continuum" by Sarah Taylor-Nanista
  • "Gag Me: Money versus Mission?" by Rebecca Burch
  • "From a Hostile Work Environment to a Hostile Courtroom: Heroes, Victims, and Martyrs" by Kate Troy
  • "DVIP: Unconditional Shelter?"by Sally J. Kenney
  • "How Best to Serve: Planned Parenthood of Minnesota/South Dakota Defining its Place in the Pro-choice Landscape" by Nicole Courneya
  • "Institutionalized Violence: When Does Care Giving Become Submission to Violence? Work Related Risks for Health Care Providers" by Pat McGovern, Dave Cossi and Mary Findorff
  • "Jane Swift: Motherhood in the Massachusetts Governor's Office" by Steffany Stern
  • "The Power and Pain of Partnerships: The Minnesota Bulgaria Connection" by Cheryl Thomas
  • "The Power to Choose" by Sara M. Evans
  • "Radical Feminism in Political Action: The Minneapolis Pornography Ordinance" by Emily Warren
  • "Rising Up and Plowing Down: How Can Two Women Make the Land and Arena for Justice" by Dianna Hunter
  • "Sculpting the Rock of Women's Rights: The Role of Women's Organizations In Promoting the National Plan of Action to Integrate Women in Development in Morocco" by Iman Ghazalla
  • "Thank you for being ready: Minnesota's First Supreme Court Justice, Rosalie Wahl" by Sally J. Kenney
  • "To Strike or Not to Strike: The University of Minnesota Clerical Workers' Decision" by Kristen Houlto
  • "The Value of Women's Words and Women's Work" by Kathy Magnuson
  • "Waving Goodbye to the Dinosaurs? Women, Electoral Politics, and Peace in Northern Ireland" by Sally J. Kenney
  • "The Welfare of Feminism: Struggle in the Midst of Reform" by Bethany Snyder
  • "Working the Web During Hard Times: Cracking the Door Open for Young African American Women 1920-1930" by Debra J. Stone

For copies of the above case studies, contact Debra Fitzpatrick.

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