Representation and Leadership

Building on the presence of women (descriptive representation) in leadership to explore how that presence changes the world (substantive representation)

The Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy engages in research and outreach projects that seek to understand how to achieve gender parity in leadership across sectors, and whether and how the presence of more women in politics, the judiciary and the workplace changes the content of agendas, decisions and environments. We partner with political scientists, leadership experts, non-profit organizations and international partners in these endeavors. 

Women's leadership in politics and other sectors

Through the Status of Women and Girls in Minnesota project, CWGPP has tracked various statistics on women's leadership in politics and other sectors. 

Gender diversity in the judiciary

CWGPP partners with the Infinity Project to understand, design and support efforts to increase gender and racial diversity on the state and federal bench within the Eighth Circuit region. 

Women in elected leadership

CWGPP teamed up with the Political Science department to study the path men and women take to office and the role of gatekeeper organizations, used this research to construct a learning community of organizations working to address diversity among elected officials, developed programs for women students interested in seeking office and conducted longitudinal evaluation of programs designed to increase the number of women running for office.  Learn more. 

CWGPP also works with elected women at the state and local levels to develop and carry out relationship-building and skill-building workshops and retreats. Activities include women legislator retreats, networking events, and case studies.

Nonprofit leaders working to advance gender equity

Minnesota is known as the social capital of the U.S. and is home to more than 160 organizations committed to achieving full equality for women and girls. CWGPP partners with the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center at the Humphrey School and others to support and strengthen nonprofits working to achieve gender equity. 

Presence and influence of women policymakers in federal STEM agencies

In collaboration with the Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy area at the Humphrey School and with funding from the National Science Foundation, this project explores the presence and influence of women policymakers in federal science and technology agencies. Learn more.

Using a gender lens to advance gender equity

In collaboration with the Institute for International Education and the Humphrey Fellows program, CWGPP sponsors workshops designed to help mid-career leaders from around the globe better understand, express and implement a gender lens in their work.

Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy

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