Wellesley’s commitment to women extends beyond its own students to the women of the world.
Given that Wellesley has been so successful at educating women world leaders, it’s no surprise that we are looked to for leadership in shaping women’s higher education for a demanding future for the benefit of women and girls all around the world. Wellesley’s many global initiatives and partnerships support women in realizing their full potential and becoming equal players on the world stage.
The Albright Institute
The Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs at Wellesley is dedicated to solving global problems by training the women to be tomorrow’s leaders. The Institute takes a fresh approach to teaching and learning—equal parts theory and practice—and provides the Institute’s student fellows with an intensive program of study on issues that will inform and shape our future. It brings to Wellesley experts from government, health, business, the military, and the nonprofit sector to share what they know about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
The Women in Public Service Project
Launched and sustained by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ’69, the U.S. State Department, and members of the Seven Sisters colleges, the project works toward ensuring that women hold half of all civic and government leadership positions by 2050. The Women in Public Service Project provides emerging women leaders around the globe the same rich intellectual environment and training that has made Wellesley’s own students such valued leaders. In 2012, Wellesley hosted the Project’s inaugural summer institute, bringing to campus 50 promising young women leaders to receive mentoring and training in the practical skills of governance.
The Wellesley Centers for Women
Wellesley is home to the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW), the largest social science organization in the United States devoted to gender research. For 40 years, WCW has acted as clearinghouse and distributor for cutting-edge research, and has published thousands of papers and hundreds of books on its researchers' original research. Programs born out of their groundbreaking work have changed public policy—as well as perceptions of women—around the world. The passage of the 2008 Nepal Domestic Violence (Crime and Punishment) Bill, which helped end an “environment of impunity” for perpetrators of domestic violence in Nepal, is but a single recent example.
The Davis United World Scholar Program
Wellesley is a member of the Davis United World Scholar Program, which, since 2000, has funded thousands of international students who have wanted to study at select U.S. colleges and universities. This program advances international understanding by providing the best possible education to promising future leaders, and by clustering these scholars at a handful of schools, which in turn are expected to create more diverse and globally engaged campus communities. Wellesley was one of only five schools initially invited to join the program.