The Wellesley Centers for Women is the largest academic, women and gender-focused, social-change-oriented, research-and-action institute in the United States, located at Wellesley College. It’s mission is to 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 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.

Currently, WCW scholars are engaged in research and evaluation in the following key thematic areas: Education and ChildcareEconomic SecurityMental Health, Youth and Adolescent DevelopmentGender-Based Violence, and Society and Leadership. WCW is also home to long-standing and highly successful action programs that engage in curriculum development and training, professional development, evaluation, field building, and theory building. We also proudly publish Women’s Review of Books.

Scholars at the Wellesley Centers for Women have studied the ability of public schools to prepare young children for lifelong learning and have shaped local, state, and federal policies. Our groundbreaking research, policy development, and training programs set the standards for out-of-school time, and continue to inform the field in new areas, including physical activity programming.



Presentations & Convenings: Inaugural Women of Color Conference

The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) partnered with The Home for Little Wanderers for the inaugural Women of Color Conference held at Wellesley College in June 2018. This program—geared toward providers who work with at-risk youth and families across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts— highlighted the importance of self-care; offered opportunities for relaxation, renewal, and inspiration; and provided a context in which to view the critical work done on behalf of young women and girls of color. The conference was spearheaded by Joan Wallace- Benjamin, Ph.D., the recently retired president and CEO of The Home, one of the largest service providers in New England dedicated to ensuring the healthy behavioral, emotional, social, and educational development, and physical wellbeing of children and families living in at-risk circumstances.

Presentations & Convenings: Privilege & Systems of Oppression

This fall, Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D., senior research scientist and founder of the National SEED Project, shared perspectives and scholarship on issues of privilege with audiences across the U.S. The College of Design Diversity and Inclusion Council at Georgia Tech invited McIntosh to discuss diversity and inclusion and to facilitate an open discussion with the audience.

Presentations & Convenings: Women and the Workforce

Scholars from WCW shared their expertise with Patricia Green, Ph.D., director of the Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor, during a special May meeting in Boston, MA. At the invitation of Jacqueline Cooke, regional administrator of the Bureau, Layli Maparyan, Ph.D., Katherine Stone Kaufmann ’67 Executive Director, was joined by Nancy Marshall, Ed.D., WCW associate director, and Wendy Wagner Robeson, Ed.D., both WCW senior research scientists from the Work, Families, & Children’s Research Team, and Sari Pekkela Kerr, Ph.D., WCW economist/ senior research scientist, for the roundtable discussion with policy researchers.

Presentations & Convenings: Strategies Addressing Sexual Harassment

Nan Stein, Ed.D., WCW senior research scientist, and Mina White, M.P.H., from the California Department of Public Health, presented “Expanding the Boundaries of Shifting Boundaries: From Initial Implementation to Innovation” during the National Sexual Assault Conference 2018 held in August in Anaheim, CA. In October, Stein presented “Nipping Sexual Harassment in the Bud” as part of WomenExplore’s series on “Struggles, Strengths, and Strategies” in Cambridge, MA, and provided a training to Smith College, during which she shared details about the effectiveness of Shifting Boundaries, a multi-level gender-violence/harassment prevention programming in middle schools.

New Findings & Publications, 2018 - Depression Prevention

Tracy Gladstone, Ph.D., associate director, senior research scientist, and director of the Robert S. and Grace W. Stone Primary Prevention Initiatives at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW), co-authored “Effect of Internet-Based Cognitive Behavioral Humanistic and Interpersonal Training vs. Internet-Based General Health Education on Adolescent Depression in Primary Care: A Randomized Clinical Trial.” Gladstone et al., 2018, published the study results in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), highlighting the positive effects of the web-based CATCH-IT intervention on preventing depressive episodes among adolescents most at risk[0]=