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The Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy (CWGPP) draws on the strengths of Humphrey scholars and faculty affiliates across the University of Minnesota that bring a gender lens to their research on important policy questions. Examples of Humphrey faculty research on gender include:

The Center has a strong track record of producing research and translating that research into the policy realm. A recent example of faculty research with policy impact is Professor Friedemann-Sánchez’ co-authored study with Margaret Grieves (MPA ‘16), on the implementation of Colombia’s laws on violence against women. Friedemann-Sánchez and Grieves presented their findings in 2019 to the 72nd Session on the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. The Committee subsequently adopted two of their recommendations for immediate action. 

Working Paper Series

The CWGPP Working Paper Series is designed to circulate original research works in progress that address questions related to women, gender and public policy in order to provide fresh empirical research findings and elicit feedback and debate. Each working paper undergoes an internal review by a committee of faculty members before publication. The Working Paper Series includes the work of CWGPP faculty, fellows, students and staff as well as affiliated scholars from other institutions.

Toward Equal Representation: Motivating Factors for Women to Run for Office in the Minnesota Legislature
Christina Carberry and Casey Casella | December 2018 | CWGPP Working Paper No. 1

Center Research Projects

Below is a sampling of recent Center research projects conducted in partnership with local and national organizations.

Status of Women and Girls

To illuminate remaining inequities in the status of women and girls, the CWGPP regularly teams with the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota to examine key economic and social indicators. Read about research done to improve the status of women and girls

Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota

The CWGPP provides ongoing research support to this collaborative project of the Minnesota Governor’s Office and the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, including a recent piece focused on the role of young women in addressing the state’s labor shortage.

Paid Family Leave

In 2016, CWGPP led the research team that wrote the most comprehensive report of its kind detailing design and implementation options for a paid family and medical leave insurance program in Minnesota; the foundation of legislation introduced and eventually passed by the Minnesota Senate. In 2018–19 CWGPP is conducted research focused on the unique paid family and medical leave needs within rural communities.

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