Welcome from the Director

A warm welcome to the website of the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School!

The Women and Public Policy Program’s mission is to increase gender equality and improve the lives of women and men across the world by creating and sharing knowledge that helps close gender gaps in economic participation, political opportunity, health and education.

We conduct and support research, train leaders across all sectors, and support students’ development to become effective policy makers. Our impact on public policy and leadership is enhanced through collaboration with our knowledge partners and our supporters, in particular the Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Leadership Board.

Our work examines gender at the societal, political and organizational levels. It focuses both on the effectiveness of a given intervention in closing gender gaps, as well as on measuring the impact of increased gender equality and diversity on organizational, societal and political performance.

As you browse our web site, we hope you will find relevant information, meet new faces and be inspired to join us on this exciting journey. If you are a student, you may be particularly interested in learning about a course on Closing the Global Gender Gap taught by Professors Iris Bohnet and Rohini Pande, our From Harvard Square to the Oval Office political training program developed by Victoria Budson, our internship support opportunities, and our weekly seminar series on gender in public policy and leadership.

If you are looking for powerful ideas, we invite you to read our Insights publications where we provide executive summaries of exciting research findings, and visit our working paper series and publications page. You will find research findings by WAPPP’s faculty advisory committee – Professors Kathy Edin, Jane Mansbridge, Rohini Pande and Hannah Riley Bowles – as well as of other members of our research community at Harvard, including faculty, fellows, students and staff.

If you are a friend of WAPPP, we invite you to witness the impact of your counsel and support by visiting our e-Newsletter where you will find updates on new research findings, reports on student development and information on WAPPP happenings. I invite you to join us on campus for one of the many events we are sponsoring.

I am honored to be the director of the Women and Public Policy Program and have the privilege of working with all of you toward our shared mission. I am joined by an incredible team that is dedicated to our mutual journey toward gender equality.

On behalf of the Women and Public Policy Program, welcome!

Iris Bohnet
Academic Dean, Harvard Kennedy School
Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Director, Women and Public Policy Program

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Iris Bohnet
Professor of Public Policy
Academic Dean, Harvard Kennedy School
Director, Women and Public Policy Program