The Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College is one of the largest gender-focused research-and-action organizations in the world.

Scholars at the Centers conduct social science research and evaluation, develop theory and publications, and implement training programs on issues that put women’s lives and women’s concerns at the center.  Since 1974, this work has generated changes in attitudes, practices, and public policy.

Work at the Centers addresses three major areas:

  • The social and economic status of women and girls and the advancement of their human rights both in the United States and around the globe;
  • The education, care, and development of children and youth; and
  • The emotional well-being of families and individuals.

Research Topics

Child & Adolescent Development

Child Care


Gender Violence

Social-Emotional Well-Being

Women's Human Rights

Work, Family, & Society

The WCW employs approximately 35 Wellesley College students in part-time research and administrative positions, as casual wage and through work study programs. The WCW also offers five Wellesley College student research internships (four of the internships are available for the academic year; one is for a summer fellowship).

Learn more at and join the discussion on the Centers’ Women Change Worlds blog.

Download or listen online to WCW scholars’ lectures and seminars; view interviews on the Centers’ YouTube channel.

Lunchtime seminars are held during the fall and spring semesters at the Centers’ Cheever House location