Documenting and assessing the status of political leadership for women and communities of color is at the core of the center’s research activities and entails several specific projects.
- Participatory Action Research Fellowship
- Gubernatorial Appointments Research Project
- Gender Multicultural Leadership Project
Criminal Justice and Corrections
Center research has addressed some of the most pressing issues facing the growing female offender population including challenges related to sustaining family ties during and after incarceration and the multi-faceted needs of substance-abusing offenders.
- Women in Prison and their Family Connections
- Alternatives to Incarceration for Substance-Abusing Female Offenders
Employment, Education, and Economic Status
The center has contributed to public policy development and analysis in the broad area of women’s employment and economic status, with a particular focus on education and training opportunities for welfare recipients, retirement benefits for state employees, wage equity, family and medical leave, and homelessness.
- Commonwealth Compact Benchmark Analysis
- Demographic Analysis of MA Recovery Act Jobs
- Women in the Down Economy
- Women in the Construction Trades
- Women and the Recession
- Diversity Benchmark Studies
Health and Reproductive Rights
Center researchers address the healthcare needs of women with specific attention to racial and ethnic disparities, the healthcare workforce, mental health and reproductive health issues.