Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy
The Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy illuminates gender-based disparities through research, teaching, and public engagement. In partnership with students, faculty, policymakers, 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
The Center’s work recognizes that gender operates across individual, cultural, and institutional domains. Our work is grounded in an intersectional understanding of gender, meaning a recognition that gender is crosscut by other forms of inequality, such as race, nation, class, sexual identity, and disability. The Center strives to integrate both domestic and global policy perspectives in its work by developing research projects, teaching and training opportunities, and community partner relationships on local, national, and global scales.