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.

Engendering Justice: Women, Prisons and Change

In the last decade, we have witnessed the population of incarcerated women increase to 400 percent. Building on this development, Rebecca Haimowitz reflects on the interlinkage between incarceration and issues such as race, class, education, national identity, and gender conformity. 

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Women's Studies Program

The Women's Studies Program at Miami University is a dynamic, interdisciplinary program that investigates how our lives are affected by gender, race, class, age, sexuality, religion, (dis)ability, gender identity, and nationality. Women's Studies emphasizes the importance of understanding gender as a part of wider social and political structures of power, knowledge, experience, culture, embodiedness, intimacies, and labor. Women's Studies courses are organized around contemporary feminist research and theory, and focus intersectionally on women, gender, and sexuality as subjects of inquiry. Our coursework also focuses on how theory and practice come together. Students may choose from courses spanning departments, disciplines, divisions and ideologies. The Women's Studies program provides a context in which women's work and women's issues are explored in-depth, celebrating women's creativity, women's lives, and women's work.

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501 East High Street
Oxford, OH 45056
Ph. (513) 529-5333
Fx. (513) 529-1890
http://www.cas.muohio.edu/wms/about.html
detlofmm@muohio.edu
fuehrea@muohio.edu

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Dr. Madelyn Detloff, Director
Ph. (513) 529-4616
E-mail: detlofmm@muohio.edu

Ann Fuehrer, Assistant Director & Chief Program Advisor
Ph. (513) 529-6827
Email: fuehrea@muohio.edu

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Las Mujeres Director Award
 
This individual will provide leadership on Chicana issues and research initiatives and work in conjunction with the Miami Latin American, Latino/a and Caribbean Studies Program and the Miami University Latino Community Coordinator to provide crucial diversity leadership within the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.
 
Nellie Craig Women's Studies Research Scholar
 
This award is named for Miami University 1905 graduate Nellie Craig, the first African-American student at the university. The scholar who holds this position will conduct new research in African-American women's history and advise the Women's Studies Program regarding research directions and new programming.
 
Miami Tribe Women's Studies Coordinator
 
The scholar who holds this award will conduct new research on American Indian women and women in the Miami tribe. The Miami Tribe Women's Studies Coordinator will work closely with the staff of the Myaamia Project, based in Oxford, Ohio, and also travel to Miami tribal locations in Indiana and Oklahoma to meet with women tribal leaders.

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Women's Environment and Development Organization

As a global women’s advocacy organization, WEDO envisions a just world that promotes and protects human rights, gender equality and the integrity of the environment.
 
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To contribute toward its vision for the world, WEDO’s mission is to ensure that women’s rights; social, economic and environmental justice; and sustainable development principles-as well as the linkages between them-are at the heart of global and national policies, programs and practices.
 
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355 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Ph. (212) 973-0325
Fx. (212) 973-0335
http://www.wedo.org
eleanor@wedo.org


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Cate Owren, Executive Director

Dona Weekes, Finance Manager

Eleanor Blomstrom, Program Coordinator
Ph. (212) 973-0325 x206
E-mail: eleanor@wedo.org

Rachel Harris, Advocacy Coordinator
E-mail: rachel@wedo.org

Sandra Freitas, Policy Advisor

Bridget K. Burns, Project and Communications Coordinator

Andrea Quesada, Project Coordinator
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Women's Leadership

WEDO works to ensure women are empowered as decision-makers and leaders, especially in environmental and sustainable development arenas.
 
Across sectors and movements, WEDO has witnessed firsthand the power of women’s organizing and leadership for change – particularly in protecting and promoting a healthy, peaceful planet. Empowering women as leaders – from the personal and local to the highest decision-making levels – to advance gender equality and protect and promote a sustainable planet is a critical part of WEDO’s work.
 
WEDO joins in partnership with women’s organizations, networks, grassroots groups and activists, UN bodies and IGOs, government Ministries, parliamentarians, congresswomen and men, Heads of State and global thought leaders including academics and Nobel Laureates to promote women’s leadership. Across civil society, WEDO champions the vitality, diversity and influence of women’s organizing and movements – irreplaceable momentum toward justice and equality. And because WEDO’s goal is gender equality, WEDO proudly collaborates with men – some steadfast allies already and some seeking support to be able to become gender equality champions – toward the betterment of society as a whole.
 
 
WEDO works to ensure sustainable development policies, plans and practices are gender responsive. Sustainable development – commonly understood as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own need – is ecologically sound, economically viable, and socially just, and gender equality is prerequisite to it. Interdependent crises of food, fuel and climate – exacerbated by inequitable and fragile economies and social norms – need holistic attention and solutions. To that end, WEDO works to strengthen alliances between the women’s, environmental and development movements, across sectors, and across North and South.
 
Central to its overall vision, sustainable development has long been a cornerstone of WEDO’s mandate. Having been founded specifically to influence the 1992 Earth Summit (UNCED), WEDO has remained focused on strategic advocacy at critical global sustainable development fora, including at the Rio Conventions, the Commission on Sustainable Development, and Rio+20 and its follow-up, as well as national-level processes in several partner countries.
 
One of the most urgent issues on the global agenda, climate change remains a top priority for WEDO’s advocacy, capacity building, information sharing and other efforts to link gender equality and sustainable development.
 
 
WEDO works to ensure global governance is transparent, accountable and effective.
 
Since its founding, WEDO has believed in the potential of, and indeed the necessity for, good global governance. The United Nations has played – and still must play – a strong role in facilitating governments’ agreements and holding them accountable to their commitments. As a result of decades of multi-level, multi-stakeholder action, global legal frameworks for the promotion of human rights, gender equality and environmental sustainability exist. These frameworks provide tools for officials, practitioners and activists to draft and implement sustainable national-level policies, programs and practices. Focused on the interlinkages and interdependence of its priority issues, WEDO works to uphold existing legal frameworks and support governments, civil society partners and UN agencies alike in turning words into action.
 
Civil society access to and participation in global decision-making fora is a critical part of good global governance. From UN processes at headquarters, to meaningful engagement and partnership with country offices, WEDO supports information-sharing between and engagement of non-governmental voices. Visit the “Civil Society Participation” page for more on this work.

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Climate Change Connections: Gender & Population

A comprehensive resource kit from UNFPA and WEDO on gender, population and climate change. Learn how gender equality can reduce vulnerability to climate change impacts and how women are uniquely positioned to help curb the harmful consequences of a changing climate (2009).

2008 Annual Report: Building Alliances, Making Milestones

We invite you to imagine how the actions we take together bring us closer to our goal of a healthy and peaceful planet, social and economic justice and human rights for all.

Newsletter - WEDO News & Views


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Graduate Fellowships and Undergraduate Internships

Fellowship and internship applications (for graduate students and undergrads, respectively,) are accepted on a semester basis, reviewed in April, August and December and on a rolling basis when capacity permits . The duration of each fellowship/internship depends on the needs of the fellow/intern and WEDO programs. A minimum two-month commitment is required and applicants available for longer commitments are encouraged. Fellows/interns will conduct research and writing, provide administrative assistance, attend meetings, and undertake other tasks as necessary, under the direction of the relevant programmatic staff.


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Fisher Center for the Study of Women & Men

The Fisher Center brings together faculty, students, and experts in gender-related fields in the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary society.

Building upon their long-held commitment to interdisciplinary liberal arts education for men and women, both separately and together, Hobart and William Smith Colleges established (in 1998) the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men to support curricular, programmatic, and scholarly projects which address the question:

How do we more nearly realize, through our educational program, scholarship, and presence in the larger community, our democratic ideals of equity, mutual respect, and common interest in relations between men and women?

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300 Pulteney Street
Geneva, NY 14456
Ph. (315) 781-3000

http://www.hws.edu/academics/fisher_center/index.aspx



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Jodie Dean, Director
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Woodworth Student Summer Fellowship

The Stephen W. Woodworth ’54 Fisher Center Student Summer Fellowship offers students in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Fine and Performing Arts an opportunity to pursue their own academic projects over the summer. While the type of research or project is wide open to fields such as English, Dance, Religious Studies, History, Education, Art, Sociology, Women’s Studies, Lesbian and Gay Studies, and so on, the work must reflect The Fisher Center’s mission of social justice around issues of gender, race, and class.


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Institute for Women & Work

The Institute for Women & Work is an applied research and educational resource center, which provides a forum for examining and evaluating the forces that affect women and work. The institute offers opportunities for women in New York State and nationally to develop skills, create linkages, explore concerns, build support systems, obtain technical assistance, and exchange ideas. With offices in New York City and Ithaca, and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C., the IWW is positioned to influence public policy, offer expert training, host seminars, and create connections among workers, advocates, employers, students, academics, and others who share a concern about women's role in the workplace.

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Shirley Chisholm Center for Research on Women

The Shirley Chisholm Center for Research on Women embrace a twofold mission. First, it promotes research on women by initiating projects and programs on campus that supports the work of faculty, encourages student learning, and provides information and resources to the wider Brooklyn community. Second, it upholds and preserves the legacy of Shirley Chisholm, a distinguished alumna of Brooklyn College. With the help of an external bequest to the Women's Studies Program, the center will be founded as an affiliate to the academic program.
 
Women and gender (the social and historical meanings of the distinction between men and women) are fundamental categories of social, cultural and scientific inquiry integral to the study of the diversity of human experience. Consequently, the overarching goal of the center is to conduct research to develop original scholarship on gender and new questions promoting the growth of feminist inquiry and practice.

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Namita N. Manohar, Coordinator
Ph. (718) 951-5476 / (718) 951-5000, ext. 1439

Irva Adams, Office Staff
Ph. (7180 951-5476 / (718) 951-5000, ext. 1442
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The White House Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that aims to advance women's leadership in all communities and sectors — up to the U.S. presidency — by filling the leadership pipeline with a richly diverse, critical mass of women.
 
Vote, Run, Lead is a dynamic program of The White House Project designed to engage women in the political process as voters, activists and candidates through trainings, inspiration and networking.
 
 
The Shirley Chisholm Project of Brooklyn Women's Activism is a repository of women's grassroots social activism in Brooklyn since 1945 and ongoing in the present.
 
In the spirit of Chisholm's legacy as a path-breaking community and political activist, the archive will also follow the many paths she pioneered by including materials representing the wide range of women's grassroots activism throughout the borough.

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Women's Studies Student Scholarship

The Women's Studies Program offers an Annual Women's Studies Student Scholarship to two outstanding women's studies majors.
 
The scholarship is an annual tuition award of $5,000 ($2,500 for the fall and $2,500 for the spring semester), paid out over the student's senior year at Brooklyn College.

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Institute for Women's Studies

The University of Georgia Institute for Women’s Studies provides a feminist interdisciplinary perspective on women and gender. Administratively a program in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Women’s Studies cooperates with departments of all schools and colleges of the University in developing its curriculum and programming.

Traditional academic disciplines have devoted little systematic attention to issues of gender, race, class, and sexuality. In the past 30 years, feminist scholars have contributed to the reinterpretation of existing data and to the presentation of new knowledge about the diversity of women’s experiences. Through course work and outreach, the Institute for Women’s Studies offers students an opportunity to explore women’s lives in global and multicultural contexts.

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210 Herty Drive
Athens, GA 30602-1802
Ph. (706) 542-2846
Fx. (706) 542-0049
http://www.uga.edu/iws/
wspinfo@uga.edu


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Juanita Johnson-Bailey, Director
Ph. (706) 542-2846
E-mail: jjb@uga.edu

Cecilia Herles, Assistant Director
Ph. (706) 542-0734
E-mail: cherles@arches.uga.edu

Cicely Robinson-Jones, Business Manager
Ph. (706) 583-0495
E-mail: crob1117@uga.edu

Terri Hatfield, Program Coordinator
Ph. (706) 542-0066
E-mail: tlhat@uga.edu
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Women's Studies Program

The Program in Women's Studies at Duke University is dedicated to exploring gender identities, relations, practices, theories and institutions. In the field's first decades, feminist scholarship reoriented traditional disciplines toward the study of women and gender and developed new methodologies and critical vocabularies that have made interdisciplinarity a key feature of Women's Studies as an autonomous field. Today, scholars continue to explore the meaning and impact of identity as a primary though by no means transhistorical or universal way of organizing social life by pursuing an intersectional analysis of gender, race, sexuality, class, and nationality. In the classroom, as in our research, our goal is to transform the university's organization of knowledge by reaching across the epistemological and methodological divisions of historical, political, philosophical, economic, representational, technological and scientific analysis.

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210 East Duke Building
Durham , NC 27708
Ph. (919) 668-2548
Fx. (919) 684-4871
http://womenstudies.duke.edu
cfhharri@duke.edu


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Ranjana Khanna, Program Director
Ph. (919) 668-2548
E-mail: rkhanna@duke.edu
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For the past few years, Duke Women's Studies has had a programming theme which has attached to it a fall grad and post grad seminar, a film series, and other events throughout the year. Last year the theme was "Future of the Feminist '70s" and the year before it was "The Question of Species" (focused on human/non-human connections). The theme for 2012-13 is Feminism and Freedom. Professor Frances Hasso will be teaching a graduate/post-graduate seminar on Feminism and Freedom that will be offered in Fall 2012.
 
We are interested to understand how some of the major interventions of the 1970's--for example, feminist art and film practices, marxist and radical feminism, eco-feminism, lesbian separatism, human and civil rights discourse, cold war divisions and non-aligned movements, and postcolonial internationalism---continue to have an impact on feminist thought, offer important interventions into contemporary questions, or map the futures of feminism. Throughout the year we will engage the The Future of the Feminist 1970s with a variety of events, projects and courses.
 
 
The 2010-11 annual theme is Animals and the Question of Species and will revolve around three major points: new theoretical formulations in continental philosophy around the question of human exceptionalism; the human/animal boundary and connection, and the ethics, politics, and advocacy that flow from those; and the role of gender in developing a greater understanding of nonhuman animals.
 
 
As many may know, a discourse emerged in the mid-1970's that aimed to investigate the connection between feminism and earth and animals. These women called themselves Eco-Feminists and generated many ideas about the nature of women, the plight of animals, and the need for conservation. Due to a whole host of theoretical and practical conflicts, this project was never seriously embraced by academic feminists. Duke Women's Studies New Eco-feminism project hopes to revisit these questions, and develop theories and methodologies that will resonate within academic feminism today. We learned from E2T that there is a great need for further study of conservation, land use, and animal advocacy, not just from the perspective of science but from the humanities and interpretive sciences as well. We believe that contemporary feminist theory has much to offer such an engagement. Despite the fact that our eco-feminist foremothers may have been entrenched in essentialist ideology in their formulations, we believe their questions were the right ones. What can feminist thinking offer in response to the many global crises we face today including massive development, deforestation, animal torture, extinction, habitat loss, pollution, and global warming? 

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Independent Study and the Moxie Project

The Moxie Project is a selective one-year experience at Duke University that combines academic, professional and applied learning experiences to foster leadership development undergraduates. Over the year, students will participate in a Course on Women and Leadership, an eight week NYC Summer Internship, and a Fall Capstone Seminar.  The Moxie Project is supported by DukeEngage. More information is available on the Moxie Project website.

 
Each fellowship carries a nine-month ~ $21,580 stipend (tuition and fees to be paid by the Graduate School). Please note that only students in years one through six are eligible for health insurance. Beginning in year seven, students are responsible for providing their own health insurance.

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Center for American Women & Politics

The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is nationally recognized as the leading source of scholarly research and current data about American women’s political participation. Its mission is to promote greater knowledge and understanding about women's participation in politics and government and to enhance women's influence and leadership in public life.

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191 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8557
Ph. (732) 932-9384
Fx. (732) 932-6778
http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/
cawp@rci.rutgers.edu


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Debbie Walsh, Director
Ph. (732) 932-9384 Ext. 227
E-mail: walsh@rci.rutgers.edu

Susan J. Carroll, Senior Scholar
Ph. (732) 932-9384 Ext. 235
E-mail: scarroll@rci.rutgers.edu

Katherine Kleeman, Senior Communications Officer
Ph. (732) 932-9384 Ext. 231
E-mail: kleeman@rci.rutgers.edu

Gilda Morales, Project Manager, Information Services
Ph. (732) 932-9384 Ext. 264
E-mail: gilda.morales@rutgers.edu

Susan Nemeth, Public Relations Specialist
Ph. (732) 932-9384 Ext. 229
E-mail: gsnemeth@rci.rutgers.edu

Kelly Dittmar, Assistant Research Professor
Ph. (732) 932-9384 Ext. 237
E-mail: kdittmar@rutgers.edu

Ruth B. Mandel, Board of Governors Professor of Politics and Director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics
Ph. (732) 932-9384 Ext. 228
E-mail: ruth.mandel@rutgers.edu
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NEW Leadership™

A national bi-partisan program developed by CAWP to address the underrepresentation of women in American politics. The six-day residential summer institute educates college women about the important role that politics plays in their lives and encourages them to become effective leaders in the political arena.

Ready to Run™

A national network of candidate recruitment and training programs committed to electing more women to public office.

Teach a Girl to Lead™

In 2011, President Obama challenged the nations of the world to take action to encourage women's public leadership. In response, a dozen nations, along with the U.S., have joined in the global Equal Futures Partnership launched by Secretary Clinton in 2012, with each country making plans to encourage women to participate fully in public life and to lead and benefit from inclusive economic growth. Teach a Girl to Lead™ is a new initiative from the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) to support and expand civic learning and engagement opportunities for girls and young women.

Pathways to Politics

Pathways to Politics brings teen-age Girl Scouts from around the nation to CAWP for two weeks to learn about women's political participation. In July 2008, CAWP hosted the third Pathways to Politics, building on successful programs in 2004 and 2006. Pathways is a collaboration between CAWP and the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey under the national Girl Scout "Destinations" program.


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Lipman Chair

The Lipman Chair was created to honor the legacy of the late state senator, the first African American woman in the New Jersey legislature (full biography available here). The Chair was established in 2000 when Governor Christine Todd Whitman signed legislation that had been sponsored by the legislative leaders in both parties and passed in both houses without opposition. The Legislature has generously continued its support for the Lipman Chair.

CAWP Leadership Awards for Douglass Residential College Students

The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, recognizes the accomplishments and leadership potential of students from Douglass Residential College with three annual awards. Each award winner receives a cash prize and a certificate.


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Program on the Status of Education and Women (PSEW)

For nearly four decades, PSEW has provided support to women faculty, administrators, and students in higher education through its programs and publications. PSEW's current priorities include improving curricula and campus climates, promoting women's leadership, and disseminating new research on women and gender. Many PSEW networks, publications, and resources are available to anyone interested in the status of women in higher education, regardless of AAC&U membership status.

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1818 R Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Ph. (202) 387-3760
Fx. (202) 265-9532
http://www.aacu.org/psew/
musil@aacu.org
campbell@aacu.org

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Caryn McTighe Musil, Project Director
Ph. (202) 387-3760 x426
E-mail: musil@aacu.org

Kathryn Peltier Campbell, Editor
Ph. (202) 387-3760 x403
E-mail: campbell@aacu.org
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Campus Women Lead 

Campus Women Lead (CWL) is an alliance promoting a multicultural women-led agenda for the sustained transformation of higher education for the twenty-first century. An affiliate of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, CWL advances women’s inclusive leadership for excellence through workshops, publications, and a community listserv. CWL includes leaders across all campus levels and divisions, within research centers, and from non-governmental organizations.


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Women's Leadership Project for Inclusive Excellence Workshops

Led by talented facilitators who are attentive to the needs of host institutions, these workshops encourage participants to analyze and recognize the interconnectedness of self, others, and institutional structures as an essential component of building and sustaining multicultural alliances. The workshops also guide participants as they identify the cultural resources that are integral to effective leadership and develop innovative strategies for building inclusive institutions.

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