Re:Gender works to end gender inequity and discrimination against girls and women by exposing root causes and advancing research-informed action. Working with multiple sectors and disciplines, we are shaping a world that demands fairness across difference.
The Christian Science Monitor featured several articles this week on the veil and the Muslim Women's Movement. They're well worth the read! From "Behind the veil: Why Islam's most visible symbol is spreading:"
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.
Beverly Guy Sheftall, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Women's Research and Resource Center and the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women's Studies at Spelman College. She is also adjunct professor at Emory University's Institute for Women's Studies where she teaches graduate courses. At the age of sixteen, she entered Spelman College where she majored in English and minored in secondary education. After graduation with honors, she attended Wellesley College for a fifth year of study in English. In 1968, she entered Atlanta to pursue a master's degree in English; her thesis was entitled, "Faulkner's Treatment of Women in His Major Novels." A year later she began her first teaching job in the Department of English at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama.
The center is committed to advancing women's participation in public life. Recognizing the talent and potential of women from every community, and guided by the urban mission of an intellectually vibrant and diverse university in the heart of Boston, we seek to expand the involvement of women in politics and policies that affect them, their families, and their communities.
The center’s Leading Women Speaker and Film Series featured an interactive panel on how women access and utilize political leadership at the local and state levels in the Commonwealth. Sheneal Parker, educator and former Boston City Council candidate, discussed how various types of support can make a difference for women seeking elective office.
Directory of Latino Candidates in Massachusetts, 1968-1994, by Carol Hardy-Fanta (with the Gaston Institute) (June 1996).
Speaking from Experience; a Handbook of Successful Strategies by and for Latino Candidates in Massachusetts, by Carol Hardy-Fanta (with the Gaston Institute)(1996).
Girls and Adolescents
Research on girls and politics, especially the factors that predict whether girls will vote or consider running for office when they reach adulthood.
Economic and Social Status of Women
From Dialogue to Action: The Mass Action for Women Audit. This statewide organizing and participatory action research project will produce fact sheets on the status of women and girls in Massachusetts and a publication of a Resource Manual for Regional Facilitators; Regional Women's Research and Action Committees. (To be completed September 2001.)
Alternatives to Incarceration for Substance Abusing Female Offenders. This research study produced academic papers and presentations at conferences.
Minors' Abortion Rights Project. This project examined the experiences of minors seeking judicial bypass in order to obtain an abortion in Massachusetts.
The Center does ongoing research on women in politics in Massachusetts including gender analysis of Massachusetts and national public opinion polls, political profiles of women in the state, studies of Latina women in politics, and the intersection of gender, race and ethnicity with politics. It also hosts numerous public forums including a televised Gubernatorial Candidates Forum on Issues of Concern to Women.
CWPP Women's News is a biweekly publication available online. It summarizes recent acquisitions for our Information Resource Center, highlights of political news affecting women in the Commonwealth, and provides alerts to upcoming events of interest to women.
Hardy-Fanta, Carol. 2009. Stepping Up: Managing Diversity in Challenging Times - The First Annual Report of Commonwealth Compact Benchmark Data. (May).
Kates, Erika, Sylvia Mignon and Paige Ransford. 2008. Parenting from Prison: Family Relationships of Incarcerated Women in Massachusetts. Research Report. Boston: Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, McCormack Graduate School, University of Massachusetts Boston. (June).
Hardy-Fanta, Carol, and Kacie Kelly. 2007. Women of Talent: Gender and Government Appointments in Massachusetts, 2002–2007. Research Report. Boston: Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy and the Massachusetts Government Appointments Project (MassGAP), McCormack Graduate School, University of Massachusetts Boston (November).
A Tale of Two Decades: Changes in Work and Family in Massachusetts, 1979-1999, by Randy Albelda and Marlene Kim. (Report produced by the Donahue Institute of the Univeristy of Massachusetts, and UMass Boston's Center for Social Policy, Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, and Labor Resource Center.)(July 2002)
Girls and Politics: Predictors of Political Ambition, by Claire Benedict, with Carol Hardy-Fanta. A Pilot Study, May 2002.
Connecting for Change: Results of the Mass Action for Women Audit November, 2001. (Also Available on CD).
A Policy Brief: Mental Health Needs Of Women In Transition From Welfare To Work, by Carol L. Cardozo and Lisa K. Sussman, June 2001.
Report on the Minors' Abortion Rights Project, by J. Shoshanna Erlich, Carol Hardy-Fanta and Jamie Ann Sabino (with the Law Center), June 2001.
Alternatives to Incarceration for Substance-Abusing Female Defendants/Offenders in Massachusetts, 1996-1998, by Carol Hardy-Fanta and Sylvia Mignon, October 2000.
Latina Women in Politics, by Lisa Montoya, L., Carol Hardy-Fanta, and Sonia Garcia. PS: Political Science and Politics, Special Symposium Issue on Latino Politics, 33(3) September 2000.
Making Family Leave More Affordable in Massachusetts: The Temporary Disability Insurance Model: A Policy Brief, by Jillian Dickert, August 1999.
Welfare Reform and Barriers to Work in Massachusetts: A Policy Brief, by Susan Pachikara, November 1998.
A Latino Gender Gap? Evidence from the 1996 Election, by Carol Hardy-Fanta, Milenio, No. 2, February 2000.
Latino Electoral Campaigns in Massachusetts--the Impact of Gender, by Carol Hardy-Fanta (with the Gaston Institute)(1997).
Opportunities and Dilemmas for Women Elected Officials in Massachusetts, by Elizabeth Sherman and Susan Rohrbach, December 1996.
Ransford, Paige and Miriam Lazewatsky. 2008. Women’s Municipal Leadership in Massachusetts.(March).
Women and Pensions in Massachusetts, by Ellen Bruce, A CWPPP Fact Sheet, August 2002.
Who's in Charge? Appointments of Women to Policymaking Offices and Boards in Massachusetts, by Carol Hardy-Fanta. A CWPPP Fact Sheet, September 2002.
Mass Action West Profile of Women and Girls, (with Mass Action for Women), Winter 2001.
Area Metropolitana de Boston; Perfil de las Mujeres y las Ninas (with Mass Action for Women), Invierno de 2001.
Southeastern Profile of Women and Girls (with Mass Action for Women), Winter 2001.
Greater Boston Profile of Women and Girls (with Mass Action for Women), Winter 2000.
Political Profile of Women in Massachusetts, (with the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus), October 1997.
Economic Profile of Women in Massachusetts, by Randy Albelda, 1995.
Occasional Papers, Monographs, & Books
Ransford, P. & Thomson, M. (2011) "Moving through the Pipeline: Women’s Representation in Municipal Government in the New England Region of the United States," in: Barbara Pini and Paula McDonald (eds.), Women Voice and Representation in Local Government. New York & London: Routledge. Order here.
Latino Politics in Massachusetts: Struggles, Strategies and Prospects, ed. Carol Hardy-Fanta with Jeffrey Gerson. New York: Routledge, 2002.
Gender Politics: Progress for Paid Family Leave in Massachusetts, by Elizabeth A. Sherman, New England Journal of Public Policy (forthcoming).
Comparable Worth Policy: Opportunities for Gender and Racial Equality, by Elizabeth Sherman, Women's Policy Journal of Harvard, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Vol. 1, Summer 2001.
Not for Lack of Trying: The Struggle Over Welfare Reform in Massachusetts, 1992-1998, by Ann Withorn with Carol Hardy-Fanta, March 1999.
Collision Course? Massachusetts Families and the Economy at the Crossroads, compiled and edited by Randy Albelda, Diane D'Arrigo and Phyllis Freeman, June 1996.
Directory of Latino Candidates in Massachusetts, 1968-1994, by Carol Hardy-Fanta (with the Gaston Institute), June 1996.
Speaking from Experience; a Handbook of Successful Strategies by and for Latino Candidates in Massachusetts, by Carol Hardy-Fanta (with the Gaston Institute), 1996.
Latina Politics, Latino Politics: Gender, Culture and Political Participation in Boston, by Carol Hardy-Fanta. Philadelphia: Temple Univ. Press, 1993.
The Center for Ethics in Action (CEIA) was created in 1996 to promote a new ethical compass for our country and the world beyond, with women leaders setting the course. The CEIA mounts exhibitions of fine art created by women around the world to demonstrate the importance of the arts in life-long learning as well as the transformative power of the arts. For the past seven years the CEIA has served as a fiscal sponsor for programs that fit within its vision and goals. The Maine Museum of Photographic Arts (MMPA) is a special program of CEIA. CEIA is a publicly supported U.S. non-governmental organization with its own tax-exempt status, located at the University of New England’s Portland, Maine campus.
Earth Charter Summit. On September 29, 2001, WCEIA convened a day-long Earth Charter Summit, one of twelve around the country that were linked together at two points during the day, with over 150 participants and 45 speakers, to build support for the Earth Charter document, which lays out 16 principles for a just, sustainable and peaceful global society.
Gender Equality Commission Training. In June 2000, Croatian women leaders took part in this three week training, designed by Anne B. Zill and executed in Washington, D.C., New York (at the United Nations in conjunction with the Beijing + 5 proceedings) and in Maine. Participants were exposed to women leaders on the national, international and state levels in government, industry, academia and civil society.
In July 2001, Bulgarian women mayors were trained for two weeks in advocacy, coalition-building, issue development, and democracy in Maine and Washington, DC.
Consider the following list of values: consistency, inclusivity, inter-connectivity, collaboration, empathy, transparency, practicality, and long-term, big-picture considerations. How does the conduct of our government reflect these values? And what is to be done? This paper posits the proposition that the United States government is doing only fair to middling in these early days of the 21st century, that our democracy needs reinvigorating, renewed attention to these core values, as well as to the rule of law itself. A critical mass of women in positions of leadership in government and civil society could speed up this process.
The Institute for Women's Leadership is a consortium of teaching, research, and public service units of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The institute and its members are dedicated to examining leadership issues and advancing women's leadership in all arenas of public life – locally, nationally and globally. The interaction among the member units of the consortium encourages scholarly and practical explorations of how institutions are structured by gender, race and ethnicity, socio-economic status and promotes new understanding of women's leadership for social change.
Women Leaders Count began as an Institute research project in 1993, was reborn in the fall of 2001 as a research partnership between Rutgers’ Institute for Women’s Leadership and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, the Division on Women, and is once again a stand-alone research project at the IWL. The reports in the series focus on the status of New Jersey women in key areas of demographics and activism, work, education, health, poverty, the law, and violence against women. Since 2007, the Institute has published Women’s Leadership Fact Sheets as part of the project, and will continue to publish occasional reports. By bringing together available data, analyzing demographic trends, and identifying research gaps, we hope that Women Leaders Count will serve as a valuable tool to inform equitable policies and effective programs and increase public awareness of women’s leadership progress and challenges.
Focuses on factors pertinent to the lives of both younger and older women in the state and discusses how families and living arrangements, economics and work, health, education, and political participation differently affect women at various stages of their lives.
In New Jersey, women make up one-third of admissions to treatment facilities for substance abuse, and the percentage of women among those incarcerated for drug-related offenses has increased. “Substance Abuse and Its Effects on Women” considers the gender-specific issues of childcare, female-headed households, and the implications these have for women’s drug abuse and recovery.
“New Jersey Women”: Who Are We? How Are We Faring?” presents “vital statistics” on women’s status in New Jersey in the areas of population, age, immigration, marriage and marital status, families and households, education, work, and political representation, and considers future trends for women in the state.
“Boxed In and Breaking Out: New Jersey Women and Work in the 1990s”—Caroline Jacobus (November 1993)
“More and More on Their Own: Demographic Trends of New Jersey Women”—Caroline Jacobus (March 1993)
The purpose of this Fund is to provide Rutgers undergraduate students with opportunities to expand their education beyond the classroom through academic conferences, internships, research experiences, national summit meetings, leadership training, and skills workshops.
Forty years ago, four visionary women established the Ms. Foundation for Women to elevate women's voices and create positive change. Today, we're a dynamic and powerful entity that is leading the charge on women's issues nationwide.
We start with the knowledge that our fight is not yet over. It's true that women have come a long way since the 1970s, but for every woman who has reached the "top" (and who still face discrimination, by the way), there are millions of women struggling to earn a living wage, gain access to basic health care, secure affordable child care and participate in the opportunities that should be available to every person in the U.S.
At the Ms. Foundation, we work to bring attention to the real challenges facing women, especially women of color and low-income women, living in poverty, working paycheck to paycheck or both.
It's ridiculous and alarming that birth control and basic health services are still "controversial." We're leading the fight to protect women's reproductive rights, including abortion, access to contraception and health care, particularly in low-income communities and communities of color.
Equal Pay for Women
Forty years ago, a woman would earn only 56% of what a man would earn in an identical job. Today, the pay gap is stuck at 77%. We aren't satisfied, and we won't quit until women earn equal pay for equal work.
Did you know that the full-time child care costs for an infant eat up 41% of the average single mother's income? Or that the very people we rely on to take care of our children earn some of the lowest wages in the country? Affordable child care and quality child care jobs are essential to the health and stability of U.S. families. We need policies that support working parents and providers and reflect real family values.
Whether it's a colleague, friend or family member, it is likely that you know someone who has been affected by child sexual abuse. Each of us has a role to play in breaking the silence and supporting solutions. Preventing child sexual abuse is within our power, and we are working to provide information, education and resources to keep our children safe.
Immigration Law that's Right for Women
The majority of immigrants are women – women who are often concentrated in low-wage jobs without access to health care and other benefits, women who have fewer protections from gender-based violence, and women who disproportionately suffer from failed immigration policies. We're advancing immigrants' rights in support of women.
We believe that women are the engine for change in their communities. By funding game changing organizations that are successfully addressing pivotal issues of reproductive health; affordable child care with living wage jobs; and ending child sexual abuse – we are having real impact on the lives of women, children, families and paving the road toward a nation of justice for all.
As a national grantmaker, we support organizations at all levels, from grassroots to state and national organizations. We believe that women most directly impacted by an issue are the real experts and we select groups that are of the community they work in.
We choose our grantees carefully, informed by decades of work in the field. Our goals is to connect with emerging and established groups poised to act when and where change is needed.