Mission and Vision

The Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy seeks to strengthen and expand women’s leadership in politics and policymaking by providing quality graduate education that brings together women from diverse backgrounds and conducting research and convening conferences and other public events to advance public policies that make a difference in women's lives.

For more details on the center's future direction, please read about new director Ann Bookman's vision for the center.

The center serves as a resource for women by providing:


EDUCATION:  The Center hosts the Graduate Certificate Program for Gender, Leadership and 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. 

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.

Connection and Collaboration

Our educational activities, events, and research projects are typically conducted in collaboration with many types of organizations. We are available to provide program evaluations, commissioned research studies, policy briefs, and fact sheets. Read about our services.
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Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy

Healey Library, 10th Floor, Room 12
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125 USA