The National Council for Research on Women (NCRW) presented its 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award today to the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Carol Hardy-Fanta, director of the CWPPP, accepted the award at the Member Center Awards presentation held at New York University's Kimmel Center. Legal Momentum, of Washington, D.C., won the Advocacy Award.
“We are very proud of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at UMass Boston for their consistent level of excellence in advancing women’s participation and representation in public life,” said Linda Basch, president of the National Council for Research on Women.
“It was a tough decision, particularly the Lifetime Achievement Award, since we had several extraordinarily qualified and worthy candidates this year. These awards demonstrate our appreciation for the incredible work that many of our member centers are undertaking—often flying below the public radar,” said NCRW Board Member and Member Center Awards Committee Chair, Shari Miles-Cohen.
The 2011 NCRW Lifetime Achievement Award went to the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy because of its important impact—not only at the campus level, but local, state, regional, and global levels as well. The center is renowned for its educational programming, research on women in public life, and training diverse groups of women for leadership. The Women in Politics and Public Policy (WPPP) Program—the cornerstone of the center—boasts more than 700 alumnae holding positions of influence in a wide range of public, private, and nonprofit organizations.
The center recently launched an innovative program called Women’s Leadership in a Global Perspective, offering online courses and networking opportunities with women around the world. In addition, through the work of Visiting Scholar and former Iranian Member of Parliament Fatemeh Haghighatjoo and with a grant from the National Endowment for Democracy, the center offered a week-long leadership workshop for 10 women from Iran. The project provided grantees with knowledge and skills, as well as encounters with women leaders including judges and Massachusetts state legislators.
“The Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School is thrilled to receive the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of our cutting-edge research on the intersection of gender, race/ethnicity and political participation, which brings women of color from the margins to the center in public life,” said Hardy-Fanta.
“The NCRW Award also recognizes our educational and training programs that serve women from diverse communities in Massachusetts, across the nation, and around the world.”
Awardees received a commemorative plaque with a print from noted photographer Joyce Tennyson.