Women's, Gender & Feminist Studies

In 1970, the field of women’s, gender and feminist studies was launched and was able to thrive in the ensuing years. NCRW was established in 1982 to create a supportive network for the burgeoning women’s research movement. Today, there are more than 900 women’s studies programs in the US with more than 10,000 courses offered on college campuses. Much of the curriculum is interdisciplinary and, in many instances, mainstreamed across subject areas. From the social sciences to liberal arts, fine arts and the sciences, feminist theory and framing (especially the intersection of race, gender and class) is having an important impact across disciplines in academia and beyond.

Center for Feminist Research

For 20 years, CFR has worked together with the Gender Studies Program to create research opportunities for the study of women, gender, and feminism. Our seminars, workshops, conferences, and informal gatherings have brought together scholars, students, and members of the greater Los Angeles community who share interests and concerns about the operations of gender in our neighborhoods, our society, and our world.
CFR offers New Directions fellowships for USC faculty and graduate students as well as fellowships for students in Communications and Cinema. The Affiliated Scholars program offers access to USC facilities to feminist scholars from other academic institutions.
A Steering Committee composed of faculty members from across the University governs CFR. The support of alumni and friends allows the Center to continue its mission as one of the nation's oldest university research centers dedicated to feminism.


3501 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089-4352
Ph. 213-740-1739
Fx. 213-740-6168


Principal Staff

Alice Echols, Director, Professor of English & Gender Studies
Ph. 213-821-1163
E-mail: echols@usc.edu

Rebecca Das, Program Specialist & Assistant Director
Ph. 213-740-1739
E-mail: rebeccad@usc.edu


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Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships

Affiliated Scholar Program

The Affiliated Scholar Program invites individuals who have demonstrated excellence in feminist scholarship in any field to pursue gender-related research projects in association with the USC Center for Feminist Research. Although there is no stipend, Affiliated Scholars have official university appointments in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences and are provided with various resources. Scholars are expected to be in residence in Los Angeles during the period of their award.

Research Fellows

Each spring, the Center for Feminist Research will invite proposals from USC faculty, advanced graduate students, and resident artists in any school or discipline at USC for New Directions Fellowships. Fellows must propose ongoing research projects related broadly to the seminar’s theme. Fellows are expected to attend all seminar meetings and events, to present their work to the seminar, and help plan any public programming related to the year’s seminar. They are expected to produce a completed project at end of the seminar, (for example, a monograph chapter, article, multimedia project, performance, or major grant proposal.) Faculty fellows will each receive $2500 in research funding, graduate students will receive $1000. The call for seminar fellows will be posted on this page during the period we are accepting applications.


The Feminist Majority Foundation

The name Feminist Majority Foundation is a consciousness-raiser, inspired by a Newsweek/Gallup public opinion poll that showed the majority of women (56%) in the United States self-identified as feminists. Most polls since then reveal that this majority continues with over two-thirds of young women self-identifying as feminists. Most men, especially young men, view themselves as supporters of the women's rights movement.

The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), which was founded in 1987, is a cutting edge organization dedicated to women's equality, reproductive health, and non-violence. In all spheres, FMF utilizes research and action to empower women economically, socially, and politically. Our organization believes that feminists - both women and men, girls and boys - are the majority, but this majority must be empowered.


1600 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209
Ph. (703) 522-2214
Fx. (703) 522-2219


Principal Staff

Eleanor Smeal, President
E-mail: esmeal@feminist.org

Katherine Spillar, Executive Vice President and Secretary
Ph. (310) 556-2500 x 102
E-mail: kspillar@feminist.org

Ina Coleman, Managing Director

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Abortion is a necessity for millions of women worldwide, for their health, for their wellbeing, for their dreams of a better tomorrow. The reality is that a woman will seek an abortion—legal or otherwise—almost instinctively and in self defense. A woman will do this when an unwanted pregnancy presents an excessive strain on her or her family’s physical, emotional or economic resources. Throughout the ages, courageous women have made it their right and indeed their responsibility. In a civilized society we owe women the legal right to make their decision safely.

Birth Control

Contraceptives—birth control methods—prevent pregnancy. All women and men have a right to safe, effective, affordable and accessible contraception. Contraception reduces the number of unintended pregnancies and the need for abortion; it’s an essential and basic preventive health service globally.

The more contraceptive options a society has, along with easy access and the education to use them, the less a society has to depend upon abortion. In the United States, however, there are fewer contraceptive options than in other developed nations, access is far more complicated, and cost is prohibitive for far too many. In developed countries like The Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden—where effective contraceptive choices are easily accessible and inexpensive or free—women have lower abortion rates compared to the United States.

Campaign for Afghan Women and Girls

Campaign Objectives:
-Increase and monitor the provision of emergency and reconstruction assistance to women and girls
-Support Afghan women-led non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the Afghan Ministry for Women's Affairs, and the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission
-Increase security and safety for Afghan people, especially women and girls
-Promote women's rights, healthcare, and education

Mifepristone & Cancer Research

The Feminist Majority Foundation played a critical and decisive role in helping assure mifepristone's U.S. approval for safe and effective early medical abortion. In addition to fighting to expand women's safe abortion option, for more than a decade, the FMF has also been advocating for non-abortion clinical trials using mifepristone to treat cancers and other life-threatening conditions that solely or disproportionately affect women.

Campus Activism

The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) started the Campus Program to inform young feminists about the very real threats to abortion access, women’s rights, affirmative action, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights posed by right-wing extremists. FMF works with students on college campuses to effect change at the grassroots, national, and global levels. The Campus Program is built upon FMF’s philosophy that the most effective activism is informed activism, or study to action. Our program provides progressive students with opportunities to learn about timely feminist issues, develop their leadership and organizing skills, and connect with the larger pro-choice and feminist movements

Education Equality

Title IX is most well-known for increasing women's participation in sports. In 1971, only 294,015 girls participated in high school athletics. According to the U.S. Department of Education, today, over 2.7 million girls participate in high school athletics, an 847 percent increase. However, males are still the majority of high school and college athletes.

Girls Learn International

Girls Learn International (GLI) educates and energizes U.S. students in the global movement for girls’ access to education. GLI pairs Chapters in U.S. middle schools and high schools with Partner Schools in countries where girls still lag behind boys in access to education and where girls are far less likely than boys to stay in school past the primary grades. The GLI Program supports the empowerment of U.S. students as they discover that through their own creative initiatives, dedication, and passionate leadership, they can create real solutions that address the obstacles facing girls and women here around the world. Student-to-student, and student-to-parent, GLI is building a movement of informed advocates for universal girls’ education and a new generation of leaders and activists for social change.

Global Women's Rights

The Feminist Majority Foundation is committed to empowering women and girls around the world. Join us as we advocate for Afghan women and girls, women in Iran, increased funding for global sexual reproductive health and rights, the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), known as The Women's Treaty, and the worldwide elimination of violence against women.

Ms. Magazine

Ms. was the first U.S. magazine to feature prominent American women demanding the repeal of laws that criminalized abortion, the first to explain and advocate for the ERA, to rate presidential candidates on women's issues, to put domestic violence and sexual harassment on the cover of a women's magazine, to feature feminist protest of pornography, to commission and feature a national study on date rape, and to blow the whistle on the undue influence of advertising on magazine journalism.

National Cetner for Women and Policing

A program of the Feminist Majority Foundation, the National Center for Women & Policing (NCWP), promotes increasing the numbers of women at all ranks of law enforcement as a strategy to improve police response to violence against women, reduce police brutality and excessive force, and strengthen community policing reforms.

National Clinic Access Project

The National Clinic Access Project (NCAP) assists independent clinics and physicians as well as affiliated clinics, both non-profit clinics as well as for-profit. NCAP began as the National Clinic Defense Project in 1989 by mobilizing 10,000 pro-choice volunteers in response to Operation Rescue's threat to turn Los Angeles into the first "abortion-free city."

Rock for Choice

Rock for Choice was founded by L7 in the fall of 1991 to mobilize the music community to protect abortion rights and women's health clinics. After meeting with the Feminist Majority, which heads the largest clinic access Project in the country, L7 organized the first Rock for Choice concert at the Palace in Los Angeles on October 21, 1991. This historic concert featured Nirvana, Hole and Sister Double Happiness.

Feminists Against Sweatshops

Women make up 90 percent of sweatshop laborers. The majority of these women are between the ages of 15 and 22. Companies that use sweatshop labor to increase their own profit margins are taking advantage of predominantly young women.

Violence Against Women

Change the FBI definition of rape. Find out how you can encourage your community leaders to test the backlog of rape evidence kits. Watch a video about rape kits and order the action toolkit.


Reports & Resources

The Feminist Chronicles,written by Toni Carabillo, Judith Meuli, and June Bundy Csida, provides the most thorough history to date of the women's movement and the advancements women have made in the U.S. from 1953 to 1993.
This Teacher's Guide, provided on FM's website in 1995, gives a sample approach to teaching women's history, including topic breakdowns and bibliography.
Get comprehensive data on women and policing, from gender-balance statistics in nationwide police departments to stats on women in leadership positions within law enforcement.
Including comprehensive statistics and analysis on clinic violence nationwide, the Annual Clinic Violence survey is the foremost source on threats and violence against reproductive health clinics, and law enforcement response.
In order to further clinics’ and communities’ ability to provide safe abortion access, the Feminist Majority Foundation and NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund have updated this booklet, first published in 1996.

Overview of research providing compelling evidence that increasing the number of female officers improves police response to violence against women and reduces police use of excessive force.
The creation of this 2007 Handbook has been a major activity of General Handbook Editor, Dr. Sue Klein, Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation Education Equity Program. This Handbook is especially valuable to the increased numbers of researchers, educators and educational activists interested in gender equity and their equity allies at all educational levels. In addition to schools of education, it is a valuable reference book for journalists, women's and gender studies faculty and students, and for professional organizations concerned with educational equity
Feminist Majority Foundation research confirmed widespread non-compliance with Title IX and the U.S. Constitution protections against sex discrimination in all but four states which instituted deliberate single-sex education in over 1,000 public K-12 schools during 2007-10. Key recommendations include rescinding the 2006 ED Title IX regulations which weakened safeguards against sex discriminatory sex segregation and empowering Title IX coordinators to identify and help stop this increased sex discrimination.
Feminist Majority's in-depth analysis of the gender gap and how it affected the controversial 2000 presidential election, as well as key races and feminist victories in Congress and statewide elections.
A variety of archived chats featuring well-known feminist leaders, as well as lesser-known women doing amazing work. Chat topics include emergency contraception, AIDS, clinic violence, and the courts.
FMF led the successful 12-year campaign for the approval of mifepristone in the United States. Learn about the campaign, the history of the struggle for mifepristone access, and current campaigns to ensure broad access to this early abortion pill.
Empowering Women Reports, 1995






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Center for the Study of Women and Society

Since 1977, the Center for the Study of Women and Society has promoted interdisciplinary feminist scholarship. The focus of the Center's research agenda is the study of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class and nation in relationship to the experiences of women and men in societies around the world.
The Center co-sponsors with the Women's Studies Certificate Programintellectual exchange symposia and lectures--- among scholars within CUNY as well as with visiting scholars. The Center also seeks to collaborate with grassroots and professional organizations. 


365 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Ph. (212) 817-8895
Fx. (212) 817-1539


Principal Staff

Victoria Pitts-Taylor, Director
E-mail: vpitts@gc.cuny.edu

Elizabeth Small, Assistant Program Officer
E-mail: ESmall@gc.cuny.edu

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College and Community Fellowship (CCF)

CCF is an experimental program which addresses the transitional experiences of women leaving prison and returning to communities. It especially focuses on the educational needs of these women, many of whom had begun college in prison and wish to return to college upon release. A number of students in the Women's Studies Certificate Program are involved in CCF, acting as mentors to the women returning to college.

Community, Leadership and Education After Reentry (CLEAR) 

CLEAR supports a research group comprised of formerly incarcerated women and men, which focuses on publishing research on issues around reentry, policy and practice. CLEAR especially concerns itself with the barriers to successful reentry and reintegration, reinforced by the social stigma of imprisonment, including limited access to education, and civic participation, including voting rights. The group hopes to influence the development of public leadership by formerly incarcerated men and women to shape innovative policy and media responses, positive social and cultural representation of formerly incarcerated people, as well as new strategies, practices and policies for existing and future organizations serving the very large numbers of people in reentry.

Activist Women's Voices: Oral History Project

The Activist Women's Voices Oral History Project, funded by AT&T, the Ford Foundation, the Ms. Foundation for Education and Communication, and the New York Council for Humanities, is committed to documenting the voices of unheralded activist women in community-based organizations in New York City.

The Conviction Project

The Conviction Project aims at linking the social activism of CCF with academic studies and research goals and is an ongoing faculty and student seminar. Now in its third year, The Conviction Project Seminar will continue to focus on the history of the development of the prison-industrial complex, addressing both the impact of the privatization of prisons on those imprisoned and the intensification and extension of technologies of surveillance into everyday life. The seminar members will study the conditions and the experience of imprisonment of the body, mind, and spirit- both within and outside of prisons- especially in relationship to race, age, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexuality. This seminar will also be concerned with silencing and censorship, traumatized memory and bodily discrimination, abjection and abuse, and the role of education in relationship to these issues- inside and outside of prison. Given these general themes, in 2002 we are focusing especially on reconciliation and racial relationships both in global and local contexts.

With/Out Walls: Incarceration, Education, and Control

As an extension of The Conviction Project, CSWS sponsors a two-day conference that brings together professionals form social service, policy-making, government and non-government organizations as well as not-for-profit agencies. They, along with many ex-offenders, discuss education for persons in prison and outside of prison. Each year this conference allows us to disseminate to various publics what we have learned through the Conviction Project Seminar. We have also put up a web site for CCF that we are in the process of developing as a site for public distribution of data on education in, and after, prison.

Future Matters: Technoscience, Politics, and Cultural Criticism

A two-day symposium on technoscience to be held April 10-11, 2003, the symposium promises to be a provocative and productive event and thirty-five scholars are already committed to participate. In convening the symposium, it is our hope that institutes and centers concerned with the study of women, sexuality, gender, race, ethnicity, nation, and class will lead the way in rethinking political strategies and cultural criticisms for now and in the future. We are convinced that in taking technoscience as one of our primary concerns, we will be able to reconfigure the aims of recent cultural criticisms in order that cultural criticism can address some of the pressing questions of these times and help inform the future of global political practice.

Facing Global Capital, Finding Human Security: A Gendered Critique

With the National Council for Research on Women, CSWS received a Rockefeller Foundation Grant for 2002-2004. Together we will bring scholars from different parts of the world to study changing relationships of global capital, nation states, civil society, the private and public spheres, and the way these changes have provoked a need to reexamine definitions of citizenship and human rights. One of the project's aims is a seminar for 2002-2004 that will be hosted by CSWS. The seminar begins in Fall 2002 and will address the sites of accountability for human security around the world, the problems and possibilities that extend across cultural, social, and political borders, in particular on the gendered dimensions of human security, and their intersections with race, class, religion, sexuality, generation, and nation.

New Immigrant Women: Identification and Inventory

New Immigrant Women is a project of the Activist Women's Oral History Project, founded in the 1990's, with archival interviews and ongoing oral histories interviewing women artists who work with young people in the NYC community. The new project, funded by a Rockefeller Foundation planning grant, is locating oral histories that document the mobilization and experience of Latina and Asian American women in three American cities as the foundation of a National Women's Oral History Consortium.

Women's Studies Development

Women's Studies Discipline Council. The council brings together leaders of Women's Studies programs and women's centers throughout the CUNY system several times a year for discussions on new and ongoing issues relevant to students, faculty, and programs for the purposes of mutual support and networking.


Reports & Resources

The plastic brain: Neoliberalism and the neuronal self

CSWS Newsletter - A semi-annual publication edited by students in the Women's Studies Certificate Program.

Women's Studies Quarterly  - In collaboration with the Feminist Press


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Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships

Sue Rosenberg Zalk Travel Award

The Sue Rosenberg Zalk Travel Award of $500.00 will be awarded to a student enrolledin the Women's Studies Certificate Program who needs to travel to an archive, library, or other source in order to complete his or her research. Preference will be gien to students who are at the dissertation stage. Students who wish to be considered for the award shold submit a copy of your transcript, a description of your project and the travel that is necessary for its completion (five pages maximum), and a recommendation from your advisor. 

Koonha Mitchell Award

The Koonja Mitchell Memorial Prize will be awarded to any Ph.D Program at the Graduate Center working on a dissertation concerned with issues of social justice. Special consideration will be given to work on militarism and trauma.



Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit membership organization expanding opportunities for women and business. With offices in the United States, Canada, Europe, and India, and more than 500 preeminent corporations as members, Catalyst is the trusted resource for research, information, and advice about women at work. Catalyst annually honors exemplary organizational initiatives that promote women's advancement with the Catalyst Award.


120 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005
Ph. 212-514-7600
Fx. 212-514-8470


Principal Staff

Ilene H. Lang, President & Chief Executive Officer
E-mail: ilenelang@catalyst.org

Nancy M. Carter, Senior Vice President, Research
E-mail: ncarter@catalyst.org

Michael J. Chamberlain, Vice President, Brand Management & Events
Email: mchamberlain@catalyst.org

Jan Combopiano, Vice President & Chief Knowledge Officer
E-mail: jcombopiano@catalyst.org

Jennifer Daniel-Davidson, Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President, Finance, HR & Administration
E-mail: jdaniel@catalyst.org

Heather Foust-Cummings, Ph.D., Vice President, Research
E-mail: hfoust-cummings@catalyst.org

Deborah Gillis, Chief Operating Officer
E-mail: dgillis@catalyst.org

Katherine Giscombe, Ph.D., Vice President, Diverse Women & Inclusion Research
E-mail: kgiscombe@catalyst.org

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A members-only benefit and approach to using workforce data and information to assess your diversity and inclusion “health” and drive change.  With tools, insights, events, and opportunities to connect with others, we help you diagnose where your organization excels and where it is stuck, taking you behind the numbers, testing assumptions that get in the way, and deepening understanding, so that you can define appropriate goals and create sustainable change.
Provides articulate and authoritative experts from Catalyst's executive staff and the experts from our Research and Global Member Services groups. Drawing on our extensive knowledge and wealth of hands-on experience, these speakers regularly enlighten, inform, and inspire corporate, professional, and academic audiences across the globe.

Serves Catalyst member organizations and their executives as a leader in the movement to diversify the boardroom. CBS helps the most senior women within Catalyst member organizations determine their potential to serve on public company boards, and assists them in formulating appropriate strategies to gain visibility as well as entrée into the boardroom. CBS serves as a referral service, yet works closely with search firms, and many other organizations that conduct searches for board directors.

Provides members with trusted advice and actionable insights to build and sustain workplace inclusion. Our strategy experts serve as thought partners, drawing on all of Catalyst knowledge and working closely with clients to diagnose strengths and issues, raise awareness of key opportunities, and develop customized solutions that advance women and meet the organization’s goals.  Catalyst can provide the insights and tools to make change because we know what works and why.

A way to stay on top of trends and get support for those who wish to make change through knowledge. Our highly experienced team of trained librarians creates knowledge products and provides efficient and comprehensive responses to information requests from Catalyst members, the media, and public-policy makers.


Reports & Resources

Business Career

Advancing Women Leaders: The Connection Between Women Board Directors and Women Corporate Officers (2008). This research shows that the number of women on a company’s board of directors impacts the future of women in its senior leadership.

Advancing Women in Business: The Catalyst Guide to Best Practices from the Corporate Leaders (1998).

Women in Financial Services: The Word on the Street. This report on women in financial services shedes light on experiences, perceptions, and attitutudes of women in the industry and how they compare to those of male colleagues.

Women in Law: Making the Case. Catalyst's pioneering study of men's and women's career paths in the legal profession, Women in Law explores the obstascles to women's full integration into the legal profession. The report offers recommendations for legal employers on how to achieve strategic goals by retaining and developing women.

Child Care

Child Care Centers: Quality Indicators (1993). A guide for assessing a child care center by adult-child ratios, group sizes, staff qualifications, the work environment, cost, and utilization.

Child Care in Corporate America: Model Programs (1993). An analysis of corporate-sponsored child care, issues pertaining to quality, a discussion with experts, and six model programs.

Corporate Women -- Employment Issues 

Catalyst. June 7, 2013. Managers as Spnosors Toolkin Tool 7: Monitoring Your Progress-- A Sponsorship Tracker.

Catalyst. June 7, 2013. Managers as Sponsors Toolkit Tool 6: Consolidating Your Toolkit Responses—A Management Method.

Catalyst. June 17, 2013. Women CEOs and Heads of the Financial Post 500.

Catalyst.  2010. Making Mentoring Work. Written by Sarah Dinolfo, and Julie S. Nugent.

Catalyst. 2010. Making Mentoring Work—Business Case Framework . Writtent by Sarah Dinolfo,  and Julie S. Nugent.

Catalyst. 2010. Making Mentoring Work—Sample Mentoring Scorecard. Written by Sarah Dinolfo, and Julie S. Nugent.

Catalyst. 2010. Making Mentoring Work—Sample Mentor and Mentee Career Development Action Plan. Written by Sarah Dinolfo, and Julie S. Nugent.

Catalyst. 2010. Making Mentoring Work—Formal Mentoring ROI Spreadsheet Tool. Written by  Sarah Dinolfo, and Julie S. Nugent.

Catalyst 2009. 2009 Catalyst Census: Fortune 500 Women Board Directors. Writtent by Heather Foust-Cummings and Emily Pomeroy.

Cracking the Glass Ceiling: Strategies for Success (1999). Case studies on how major corporations remove glass ceiling barriers.

Catalyst Census of Women Directors of the Fortune 500 (1998). Published annually since 1993, it lists the women who serve on Fortune 500 boards and how many women are on each company's board.

Catalyst Census of Women Corporate Officers and Top Earners (1998). An annual census showing how women rank among the highest paid executives, which companies and industries have the most female officers, and which states have the highest concentration of women at the top.

Closing the Gap: Women's Advancement in Corporate and Professional Canada (1998). Based on a survey of more than 400 high-level women and nearly 200 chief executives in Canada's largest corporations and professional firms, this study includes the varying perspectives of senior women and chief executives on what holds women back from the top.

Women in Corporate Leadership: Progress and Prospects (1996). A survey of top women managers offering testimony from the women who have made it, as well as the views of Fortune 1000 CEOs.

Knowing the Territory: Women in Sales (1995). Sales representatives, human resources professionals, and sales managers from major American companies discuss what sales organizations can do to attract, retain, and advance women.

The CEO View: Women on Corporate Boards (1995). America's Fortune 1000 CEOs discuss what they expect from female directors and offer insight into the written and unwritten criteria for board nomination.

Women on Corporate Boards: The Challenge of Change (1993). A report about female directors' backgrounds, their expectations of and experience on corporate boards, their feelings about advocacy for women's issues, and the ways in which they relate to female employees of companies on whose boards they serve.

Mentoring: A Guide to Corporate Programs and Practices (1993). A report describing how to identify and advance high-potential women, recruit and train new employees, and avoid common problems.

Creating Successful Mentoring Programs: A Catalyst Guide. This guide teaches you how to identify and advance high-potential women, recruit and train new employees, and avoid common pitfalls of formal mentoring programs. This recently updated report takes you step-by-step through implementing a formal mentoring program.

Women in Corporate Management: Model Programs for Development and Mobility (1991). A report on 17 Fortune 500 companies with exemplary programs for women and why these initiatives are successful.

Creating Women's Networks: A How-To Guide for Women and Companies. A guide to starting and sustaining women's workplace networks based on Catalyst's work.

On The Line: Women's Career Advancement. A report outlining barriers women face and recommending strategies for overcoming them, including examples of America's newest and most creative policies for helping women advance.


Women Entrepreneurs: Why Companies Lose Female Talent and What They Can Do About It (1998). A joint project with the National Foundation for Women Business Owners and The Committee of 200, it discusses the fact that women are starting new businesses at twice the rate of men.

Feminist Thought and Scholarship

The Catalyst Award: Setting the Standard for Women's Advancement. Details Catalyst Award winning initiatives from 1987 to 1997.

Science and Technology

Women in Engineering: An Untapped Resource (1992). Recommendations of what companies can do to attract, retain, and advance women engineers, including initiatives that address barriers, perceptions of male counterparts, and job satisfaction.

Women Scientists in Industry: A Winning Formula for Companies. A study identifying factors in the corporate culture that contribute to or impede the career advancement of women scientists.

Women of Color -- Corporate Women

Catalyst. 2009. Women of Color in U.S. Law Firms - Women of Color in Professional Services Series. Written by Deepali Bagati.

Women of Color in Corporate Management: Opportunities and Barriers (1999). The third part of the study that looks at women of color's expectations, experiences, and perceptions of corporate culture and how they affect the women's job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and intent to stay with the company.

Women of Color in Corporate Management: Dynamics of Career Advancement (1998). A discussion of what African-American, Asian-American, and Latina women perceive as barriers to advancement in corporate America. Read Catalyst's recommendations on what companies can do to retain and advance this important segment of their talent pool.

Women of Color in Corporate Management: A Statistical Picture (1997). A combination of census data and previously unpublished information from Catalyst's Women in Corporate Leadership study presents a demographic overview of women managers of color.


Catalyst. June 12, 2013. First Step: India Overview

Work and Family

Catalyst. 2008. Making Change-Beyond Flexibility: Work-Life Effectiveness as an Organizational Tool for High Performance. Written by Lisa D'Annolfo Levey, Aimee Horowitz, and Meryle Mahrer Kaplan. 

Two Careers, One Marriage: Making It Work in the Workplace (1998). Based on the responses of almost 1,000 dual-career earners and aimed at employers, this study describes the issues that mean the most to these couples.

A New Approach to Flexibility: Managing the Work/Time Equation (1997). An assessment of flexible work arrangements describes strategies and solutions.

Making Work Flexible: Policy to Practice (1996). A guide on helping organizations and managers implement and manage flexible work arrangements in corporations and professional firms.

Flexible Work Arrangements II: Succeeding with Part-Time Options (1993). Findings from the first longitudinal study of flexible work arrangements and their effect on employees' career growth.

The Corporate Guide to Parental Leaves (1992). A manual to help employers plan or update a cost-effective parental leave policy, created before the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 went into effect.

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Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships

Annually honors innovative organizational approaches with proven, measurable results that address the recruitment, development, and advancement of all women, including diverse women. Since 1987, Catalyst has recognized 82 initiatives at 76 organizations from around the world. These groundbreaking diversity and inclusion programs have changed workplaces, communities, and lives.
Become a member
Catalyst membership is a high-value partnership that gives your organization—and various stakeholders within it—access to a variety of indispensable benefits. To help you build an inclusive workplace, Catalyst will provide innovative research, the tools to make change, examples of successful initiatives, networking and knowledge-sharing events, a powerful array of services, and access to the unique Catalyst community of leaders committed to expanding opportunities for women and business.


Institute for Research & Education on Women and Gender

A university-wide research center funded by the Provost, the Gender Institute supports and promotes research and teaching related to women, gender, and sexuality. We offer fellowships, grants, and cosponsorships to faculty and students to encourage and support their research on women and on the intricate connections between gender and other social constructions, such as sexuality, race, class, health, age, nationality, religion, and nature. We also sponsor and cosponsor programs, including lectures, workshops, conferences, symposia, film screenings, and art exhibitions, to encourage interdisciplinary scholarship and artistic achievement.


520 Lee Entrance
Buffalo, NY 14228-2567
Ph. (716) 645-5200
Fx. (716) 645-5074


Principal Staff

Kari J. Winter, Director of the Gender Institute
Ph. (716) 645-0827
E-mail: kwinter2@buffalo.edu

Glenna Bett, Deputy Director for the Sex and Gender Health Initiative
Ph. (716) 829-2603
E-mail: bett@buffalo.edu

Becky Burke, Gender Institute Staff Assistant
Ph. (716) 645-5200
E-mail: rburke2@buffalo.edu

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Sex, Gender, Health: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Sex and Gender Medicine is distinct from women’s health (ovaries, uterus, etc) and men’s health (prostate, erectile dysfunction, etc). Understanding the intersections between sex, gender and wellbeing will improve health outcomes for all. Men (and male animals) have been the basis of much biomedical research, but males are not normative for the whole species, and females are not a deviation from the norm. Both sex and gender differences have been found in:

The Feminist Research Alliance Workshop seeks to advance and energize transnational feminist research in the 21st century by promoting interdisciplinary conversation and collaboration among feminist scholars locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. 

Our bi-weekly luncheon meetings offer opportunities for faculty and graduate students to discuss their research, explore key texts of classic and emerging feminisms, and develop research and teaching collaborations. The workshop also provides chances for graduate students and junior faculty to meet potential committee members or mentors beyond the boundaries of their home departments. 


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Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships

Faculty Research Grants
Awards of up to $5,000 to support faculty research or curriculum development.  The grant can be used for archival research, data collection, fieldwork, research assistance, and other forms of research support and curriculum development that are allowable under UB guidelines. 
Ph.D. Dissertation Fellowships

The Gender Institute invites applications for two dissertation fellowships ($6,000 each).
Isabel S. Marcus International Research Fellowship

The Gender Institute is delighted to announce our new Isabel S. Marcus International Research Fellowship, established to recognize the distinguished contributions to research and education on women and gender of Professor Isabel S. Marcus, co-founder and co-director of the Gender Institute (1997-2003) and recipient of UB's 2012 Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Education.

Undergraduate Scholarships

The Gender Institute invites UB undergraduate students who are interested in conducting research related to women and gender to apply for a $1000 merit scholarship.
Good Will Cosponsorships

Upon request, the Gender Institute provides goodwill cosponsorships in the form of publicity to all reputable events related to research and education on women and gender in Western New York.
Guidelines for Financial Cosponsorships

The Gender Institute invites applications from UB faculty for grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to cosponsor events related to research and education on women and gender.  Due to the amount of staff time it takes to review and process such grants, we will not consider requests for less than $500.


Women's Studies Research Center

The Women’s Studies Research Center (WSRC) at Brandeis University is happy to celebrate its 10 Year Anniversary in 2012! We have a fantastic new video showcasing our Scholars and their work over this past decade, created by Scholar Ornit Barkai.
The WSRC is an innovative, interdisciplinary research facility of scholars, students and faculty who study gender issues and women's lives. 


515 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453
Ph. (781) 736-8100
Fx. (781) 736-8117


Principal Staff

Shulamit Reinharz, Founding Director
E-mail: reinharz@brandeis.edu

Kayla Hammond Larkin, Assistant to Shulamit Reinharz, National Coordinator for HBI Conversations

Sarah JM Hough-Napierata, Assistant Director
E-mail: shough@brandeis.edu

Rosa Di Virgilio Taormina, Scholars Program Director
E-mail: rdivir@brandeis.edu

Michele L'Heureux, Curator and Director of the Arts
E-mail: mlheur@brandeis.edu

Kristen Mullin, Student Scholar Partnership Program Coordinator
E-mail: mullin@brandeis.edu

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The Arts Program

The Arts Program at the Women's Studies Research Center is home to the Kniznick Gallery (Est. 2001). The Kniznick Gallery is committed to feminist exhibitions of artistic excellence that reflect the activities of the Women's Studies Research Center Scholars and engage communities within and beyond Brandeis University. The art on display is a vehicle through which the Center seeks to promote dialogue about important issues and address the ever-changing challenges related to women and gender.

The National Initiative on Gender, Culture and Leadership in Medicine known as “C - Change” (for culture - change) engages medical schools in action research with Brandeis University to facilitate culture change so that all faculty members can contribute fully. C - Change has generated substantial qualitative and quantitative data on the culture of academic medicine.  These data have been used by the medical schools partnering in the C - Change Learning Action Network, and by additional schools, and have contributed to innovations and culture change initiatives to realize the potential of all faculty.
Founded and directed by WSRC Scholar Paula Doress-Worters, the Ernestine Rose Society works to revive the legacy of "America's first feminist leader." Recognizing Ernestine Rose's pioneering role in the first wave of feminism, the society is committed to raising awareness about Ernestine, who did so much to promote women's rights in the United States and internationally.
Housed at the WSRC and founded in 1997 at Brandeis University, HBI is the world's first university-based research institute devoted to the study of Jews and gender. HBI's mission is to develop fresh ways of thinking about Jews and gender worldwide.
Directed by Susan Eisenberg, the On Equal Terms Project uses personal testimony and the arts as springboards for education, discussion, and action about employment equity. Founded in 2007, the Project  conducts research, develops local and national programming, and organizes national touring for the On Equal Terms installation.
Founded by WSRC Resident Scholar Liane Curtis, the Rebecca Clarke Society honors the life and work of composer and violist Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979). The society encourages and supports performances, recordings, publications, writings and scholarship concerning Clarke and her music.
The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, the nation’s first independent reporting center based at a university, was launched in September 2004 by Florence George Graves. Seasoned journalists (including WSRC Resident Scholar E.J. Graff, who heads the Institute’s Gender & Justice Project) investigate suspected injustices — and then take results public, via mainstream and thought-leader publications, broadcasts and Web magazines.
The WAGE Project, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending wage discrimination against women in the American workplace in the near future. Its nickname, WAGE, is a nod to the goal the project pursues: Women Are Getting Even.  
WAGE inspires and helps working women take the steps needed to ensure every woman is paid what she’s worth.


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The Scholars Program

The Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center Scholars Program mission is to be an innovative and mutually supportive community of scholars engaged in research and artistic activity.

Student Scholar Partnership

The WSRC Internship Program: Student-Scholar Partners (SSP), currently coordinated by Kristen Mullin, was launched in the spring of 1997 as a project of the Women’s Studies Program at Brandeis University.  Today, the Program continues as an important component of the Women’s Studies Research Center (WSRC).  This paid internship opportunity is designed to give undergraduate students a unique learning experience by allowing them to work side by side with a Scholar or faculty member in an interdisciplinary environment.


Women's Studies Program

Women,Gender and Sexuality Studies [WGSS] is a transdisciplinary program for students who wish to explore gender and its relation to other axes of power such as, race, class, ethnicity, nationality, religion and sexuality. WGSS covers a complex variety of theoretical and empirical scholarship both within traditional disciplines and in transdisciplinary frames in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, as well as combinations of the three. The Program is committed to critical perspectives and bodies of knowledge that contribute to possibilities for transformation and change. Towards this end, WGSS courses emphasize participatory education in which student involvement, critical thinking and personal insight are encouraged and made relevant in the learning process.  Faculty members from a variety of disciplines offer regular courses in WGSS. Each semester the WGSS program publishes a list of courses relevant to the program.


Binghamton, NY 13902-6000
Ph. (607) 777-2815
Fx. (607) 777-4222


Principal Staff

Dr. Dara Silberstein, Executive Director
Ph. (607) 777-4222
E-mail: lael@binghamton.edu

Sean Massey, Research Associate Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Ph. (607) 777-4222
E-mail: smassey@binghamton.edu

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Barnard Center for Research on Women

Since its founding in 1971, the Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) has been at the very forefront of feminist action and scholarship. BCRW promotes women’s and social justice issues in the local spheres of the Barnard College community and academic and activist networks in New York City, as well as having a voice in national and transnational feminist organizing and research. We are a well-recognized nexus of feminist thought, activism, and collaboration for scholars and activists alike.
BCRW’s mission, “to assure that women can live and work in dignity, autonomy, and equality,” is pursued through programming and events, production and distribution of print- and web-based publications, and collaboration with local and national activist and academic networks.


3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
Ph. 212/854-2067
Fx. 212/854-8294


Principal Staff

Janet Jakobsen, Ph.D., Director
E-mail: jjakobsen@barnard.edu

Catherine Sameh, Ph.D., Associate Director
E-mail: csameh@barnard.edu

Anne Jonas, Program Manager
E-mail: ajonas@barnard.edu

Pam Phillips, Administrative Assistant
E-mail: pphillips@barnard.edu

Hope Dector, New Media Management
E-mail: hdector@barnard.edu

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The Scholar & Feminist Online, a triannual, multimedia, online-only journal of feminist theories and women's movements, provides public access to the Barnard Center for Research on Women's most innovative programming by providing written transcripts, audio and visual recordings, and links to relevant intellectual and social action networks. The journal builds on these programs by publishing related scholarship and other applicable resources. A forum for scholars, activists, and artists whose work articulates the ever-evolving role of feminism in struggles for social justice, S&F Online brings you the latest in cutting-edge theory and practice.

New Feminist Solutions

Marking the newest direction in BCRW's more than thirty-five-year-old tradition of print publication, New Feminist Solutions is a series of reports geared toward informing and inspiring activists, policy-makers and others. Each report was written in collaboration with organizations and individuals who, like BCRW, have made a concerted effort to link feminist struggles to those of racial, economic, social and global justice. The reports are based on conversations and ideas emerging from conferences held at Barnard College, and are published in conjunction with websites featuring additional information from these events. Copies of the reports are free. They can be downloaded from the New Feminist Solutions website. Print copies can be requested by emailing bcrw@barnard.edu.

BCRW Newsletter

Published biannually, the BCRW newsletter provides event information and feature articles that communicate some of the broader issues engaged by the events, thus providing readers with a new way of understanding the work of the Center as a whole.

Guide to NYC Women's and Social Justice Organizations

This rich guide puts you in touch with the artists, activists and organizations whose work is most crucial to you. You'll find valuable information from nearly five hundred citywide organizations that work for sexual, racial, economic and social justice. The directory reflects our longtime commitment to building far-reaching, and sometimes unexpected coalitions.


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Center for Women in Government & Civil Society

The Vision of the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society (CWGCS) is a world where women and men of all backgrounds participate equally in shaping the future.
CWGCS seeks to deepen and broaden political access and economic opportunities for women by strengthening the capacity of government, nonprofit and business sectors to implement gender-responsive, inclusive and equitable policies, practices and services
The Center for Women in Government & Civil Society is part of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy.


135 Western Ave.
Albany, NY 12222
Ph. (518) 442-3900
Fx. (518) 442-3877


Principal Staff

Dina Refki, Executive Director
Ph. (518) 442-5127
E-mail: drefki@albany.edu

Diana Abbas, Senior Research Aide
E-mail: dabbas@albany.edu

Amy Barasch, Esp., Senior Research Associate
E-mail: abarasch@albany.edu

Bonnie Beard, Program Director
E-mail: bbeard@albany.edu

Cara Long, Deputy Director
E-mail: clong@albany.edu

Abigya Eshete, Project Coordinator
E-mail: cwgcs@albany.edu

Sue Faerman, Academic Chair of the Women's Leadership Academy and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
E-mail: sfaerman@albany.edu

Judith Saidel, Senior Research Associate
E-mail: saidel@albany.edu

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The Entrepreneurship Option for Low-Income Teenage Girls
CWIG is currently working on a proposal to start a research-based entrepreneurship program for low-income girls who are at risk for not completing high school. Research will target African-American and Latina women who are entrepreneurs, as well as take into account the perspectives of female entrepreneurs from all backgrounds. Project participants will join researchers at the college level in all levels of curriculum development and research phases. This project is being conducted with the Liberty Partnership Project.
Nonprofit Education Initiative
The Nonprofit Education Initiative (NEI) is a four-year collaborative undertaking that involves nonprofits working on issues related to women, children, and families; regional voluntary sector leaders; and government policymakers and business representatives. The NEI will advance collaborative learning among nonprofit leaders and managers and strengthen the capacities and leadership of diverse voluntary sector organizations. The goals of the initiative are to strengthen collaboration among statewide associations; build stronger connections between nonprofits and the communities and universities they serve; increase the competencies and capacities of statewide nonprofits; and strengthen the technological capacity and competence of consortium members.
Completing the Public Record: Appointed Policy Makers in State Government
CWIG is conducting work on demographic data on top-ranking gubernatorial appointees. In related research, the center is also studying policy priorities and influences on agenda-setting by the executive branch department heads. Both quantitative and interview data will be used to analyze 35 women and men bureaucratic leaders in eight states. Nontraditional Employment for Women study.
Liberty Partnership Project
A prevention program aimed at young women and men in grades 7-12 who are at risk for leaving school before graduation. The project offers a range of services to support people in obtaining their diploma, entering higher education, and preparing themselves for the workforce. The program is designed to address academic, personal, and social growth through a focus on the following: educational achievement; self-empowerment; workforce preparation and career exploration; and public policy leadership development.


Reports & Resources

Women in Federal and State-Level Judgeships (2010).

Glass Ceiling in Gubernatorial Appointments, 1997-2007 (2008).

Appointed Policy Makers in State Government: Single-State Profile (1998).

Appointed Policy Makers in State Government: Pre-Election Update (1998).


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Fellowship on Women & Public Policy

The Fellowship experience blends theory with practice through direct policy field placement, academic coursework, professional development sessions, conferences, and community service activities. Fellows are provided with opportunities to gain specific skills and develop an extensive network of people working in their subject area as well as related professional arenas. 
The program runs annually from mid-January through the end of June. Participants are selected on a competitive basis based on academic achievement and work / life experience. 
A highly intensive program, Fellows are required to work thirty hours each week at their placement office, Monday -Thursday. In addition, the program includes: 3 graduate courses (Tuesday and Thursday evening and one independent research) and professional development every Friday throughout the course of the Fellowship. 
Fellows receive a $10,000 stipend, tuition waivers and receive nine graduate credits from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, SUNY.



Center for Women and Gender

Utah State University's Center for Women and Gender provides a professional and social climate to enhance opportunities through learning, discovery, and engagement. The Center's philosophy is that gender refers broadly to gender relations, social arrangements, organizations and institutions, masculinities and femininities, as well as gender discourses. The Center supports human empowerment in professional, social, and educational arenas by bringing together diverse expertise and resources.


0816 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Ph. (435) 797-9222



Principal Staff

Ann M. Berghout Austin, Director and Professor of Family, Consumer, and Human Development

Jamie Huber, Program Coordinator

Melissa Keller, Senior Staff Assistant

Konie Humphreys, AggieCare Coordinator

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Strangely Dark, Painfully Bright: The Unbearable Lightness Of Seeing In Inferno XXI And Paradiso XXXIII
Alexa Sand, Associate Professor Of Art History Department Of Art And Design, Caine College Of The Arts

Renee Bryce, Computer Science

Katherine M. Chudoba— Utah State University
Mary Beth Watson—ManheimUniversity of Illinois-Chicago
Kevin Crowston—Syracuse University

Claudia Radel— Utah State University
Birgit Schmook—Ecosur-Chetumal
Nora Haenn—North Carolina State University
Crisol Méndez—Ecosur-Chetumal 

Sarah R. Supp & S. Morgan Ernest, Department of Biology and the Ecology Center, Utah State University 

Silvana Marlini, PhD, Department of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences , Utah State University

Meredith S. Berry, Justice Morath, Amy L. Odum, Kerry E. Jordan

David M. Stein, PhD., Allison E. White, Department of Psychology, Utah State University



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