The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) is the largest academic, women-and gender-focused, social-change-driven, research-and-action institute in the United States, located at Wellesley College.
Scholars at WCW advance gender equality, social justice, and human wellbeing through high-quality research, theory, and action programs. By sharing this work with policymakers, educators, practitioners, advocates, the media, and the public, WCW helps to shape a more just and equitable society.
Issues of diversity and equity are central across all our work as are the experiences and perspectives of women and girls, as well as people of all genders, from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. We work with the understanding that the change we seek occurs simultaneously at micro and macro levels encompassing individuals, dyads, families, communities, and society-at-large.
The Centers’ work is sustained by funding from federal, state, and local government agencies, private foundations, the Centers’ endowment (managed by Wellesley College), and the generosity of individual donors committed to social change; WCW receives essential financial, infrastructure, facility, and governance support from Wellesley College.
WCW researchers are engaged in research and evaluation in the following key thematic areas:
- Education and Child Care
- Economic Security
- Mental Health
- Youth and Adolescent Development
- Gender-Based Violence
- Society and Leadership
In addition, WCW proudly publishes the Women’s Review of Books, now in its fourth decade, and is home to four long-standing and highly successful action programs that engage in curriculum development and training, professional development, evaluation, field building, and theory building:
- The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST)
- The National SEED Project (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity)
- Open Circle
- The Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMTI), a legacy project
The WCW employs approximately 35-50 Wellesley College students in part-time research, technical, and administrative positions annually. The WCW also offers five Wellesley College student research internships.