Mission and Vision
To strengthen and expand women’s leadership in politics and policymaking by providing quality graduate education that brings together women from diverse backgrounds; conducting collaborative research and hosting convenings that make a difference in women’s lives; and maintaining a focus on the intersection of race and gender.
Women’s Leadership in Politics and Public Policy: Making a difference in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, across the nation and around the world.
The Center serves as a resource for women by providing:
EDUCATION: The Center hosts the Graduate Certificate Program for Women in Politics & Public Policy. This award-winning, "first-in-the-nation" graduate program has served more than 700 alumnae as a springboard to new and enhanced careers, advanced graduate study, and increasingly effective political activism. Our new Women's Leadership in a Global Perspective Graduate Certificate Program, brings women together from around the world in a learning environment that is entirely online.
RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS: Our research is designed to make a difference in the lives of women and their communities while also drawing the attention of policymakers to issues which directly affect women's lives. We also produce policy briefs for policymakers on a wide range of subjects.
EVENTS: The Center conducts a range of public service programs open to both the university community and the general public. Panel discussions, debates, films and conferences focus on women's political leadership and empowerment, and on social issues of special concern to women.