The CNN 10 Visionary Women,
Victoria A. Budson, March 24, 2014

CNN highlights the efforts of 10 women from across the globe who are helping other women find success, self-esteem and sometimes a safe haven.

Moving Past Gender Barriers to Negotiate a Raise

The New York Times, March 24, 2014, By Tara Siegel Bernard

Research on gender and negotiation has largely focused on requests for a raise, but the same strategies can — and probably should — be applied to a broad range of requests, including negotiating for a new position or job title. "How women negotiate their career paths is arguably a more important determinant of lifetime earnings than negotiating a little extra money," said Hannah Riley Bowles, WAPPP research director.

Considering Consent & The Massachusetts "Upskirting" Trial

Kennedy School Review, March 12, 2014

Op-ed by Rory Gerberg, MPP '15 -- The failure to define consent with regard to a woman's active agency affects women across Massachusetts and the country. If we truly believe that a woman should have as much sovereignty over her own body as a man does, then our laws, policies, and personal interactions should require positive consent: a woman saying yes.

Rialto Women's Luncheon focus on women chefs, March 6, 2014

Chef Jody Adams hosted the 5th Annual Women's Luncheon at her Charles Hotel restaurant Rialto discussing, "If Women in White Aren't in the Picture, They're Not in the Picture," which focused on the visibility of female chefs, moderated by Victoria A. Budson.

A Grand Gender Convergence: Its Last Chapter

Presidential Address delivered at the American Economic Association
By Claudia Goldin, Henry Lee Professor of Economics, Harvard University, January 4, 2014

The converging roles of men and women are among the grandest advances in society and the economy in the last century. These aspects of the grand gender convergence are figurative chapters in a history of gender roles. But what must the "last" chapter contain for there to be equality in the labor market?

A Grand Gender Convergence: Its Last Chapter

Presidential Address delivered at the American Economic Association
By Claudia Goldin, Henry Lee Professor of Economics, Harvard University, January 4, 2014

The converging roles of men and women are among the grandest advances in society and the economy in the last century. These aspects of the grand gender convergence are figurative chapters in a history of gender roles. But what must the "last" chapter contain for there to be equality in the labor market?

Closing the wage gap in Boston

By Victoria A. Budson, Cathy Minehan and Alison A. Quirk

The Boston Globe, November 8, 2013

Boston's business leaders signed 100% Talent: The Boston Women’s Compact.  Early signers include State Street Corporation, Raytheon, Partners Healthcare, Suffolk Construction, National Grid, Hill Holliday, Blue Cross Blue Shield, BJ’s Wholesale, Putnam Investments and many other enterprises large and small. What these businesses that drive our economy know is that effectively managing their talent and leveraging their human capital through the hiring, retention, and advancement of women is not only the right thing to do, but also is good business.

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An Interview with Iris Bohnet, Academic Dean of Harvard Kennedy School

Global Invest Her, June 23, 2013

Dean Iris Bohnet on leadership: "Leadership is about having a strong moral compass, where you know who you are and where you want to go, you have your inner strength without overshadowing others. You have an inner peace and compassion, like Aung San Suu Kyi and Mahatma Gandhi."

Wendy Davis May Be Able to Leverage Backlash in Her Favor

U.S. News, January 21, 2014

Victoria Budson says that when it comes to high-profile gubernatorial, Senate and presidential races, women may still face greater bias in the media. "People need to live and work and educate themselves. It is up to each person and their families to decide what that constellation of care looks like for their children," Budson says.

Elevating Women and Girls Think Tank #DEWC13

Livestream, January 15, 2014

Dean Iris Bohnet discuss, "What we mean when we talk about empowering women and girls," during the Elevating Women and Girls Think Tank live stream event.

Can Women Stop War?

Harvard Magazine, January 16, 2014

When Vanessa Lievano Gutierrez moved to Colombia in the late 1980s, the situation was dire: armed conflict raged among left-wing guerilla groups and right-wing paramilitary forces, powerful drug cartels, and a weak government. She was working in the Amazon rain forest with indigenous women leaders when she realized the potential power women can have when it comes to stopping conflict on a global scale. Moderated by Ambassador Swanee Hunt.

Wer will schon eine Quotenfrau sein?

Neue Luzerner Zeitung, January 27, 2014

For our German readers, Dean Iris Bohnet discusses gender equality nudges.

Una svizzera a Harvard: Iris Bohnet

RSI Rete Due, January 21, 2014

For our Italian-speaking friends, Dean Iris Bohnet discusses gender equality nudges on an Italian radio program. | February 18, 2013

Married Women Contributing More to Family Earnings

"Counterintuitively, the wage gap expands as women move up the corporate ladder because there are fewer rules about compensation in upper management," said Victoria Budson, executive director of the Women and Public Policy Program.

HKS News | February 15, 2013

Using Evidence to Analyze the Success of Microfinance Programs

Rohini Pande, WAPPP faculty advisor, serves as co-director of the HKS Evidence for Policy Design program, which was created to find answers to pressing policy questions in the field of international development. “The aim is to start by thinking about what kind of evidence is useful for policy,” Pande said.

Le Monde | February 11, 2013

Le Recrutement Collectif Limite les Discriminations à l'Embauche

For our French-speaking friends, Dean Iris Bohnet's research on effectively fighting gender discrimination in hiring and promotions by evaluating candidates in groups rather than individually. English version.

HKS News | February 1, 2013

What SHE is Doing for the Betterment of Women

Every year, millions of women in developing countries miss up to 50 days of work or school due to the unavailability of sanitary protection. Elizabeth Scharpf MBA & MPA/ID 2006, Founder and Chief Instigating Officer of Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE), has a market-based solution.

Boston Magazine | February 2013

Mind the Gap: The Big Pay Gap Between Women and Men in Massachusetts

Ironically, it’s in part because women are so successful in Massachusetts that pay disparities persist. “The higher level a woman is in her profession, and the more education a woman has, the broader the wage gap,” says Victoria Budson, WAPPP executive director.

AOL News | January 25, 2013

Tactics That Will Help You Get A Raise (If You're Female)

Asking for a raise? Negotiating a salary? Research shows that women who ask for raises can be seen as aggressive and unfeminine, and that backlash might hurt their future prospects in the job. But WAPPP's research director, Hannah Riley Bowles, new study identifies a possible solution: devise ways for women to ask for a raise that makes them appear non-aggressive.

Forbes | January 22, 2013

How to Increase Employees' Intrinsic Goodwill

Nava Ashraf, WAPPP affiliate, explains altruistic capital - the idea that every individual has within them an intrinsic desire to serve - and how that can be used when designing public policies.

HKS News| January 15, 2013

Creating a Case Study: The Gyarsi Bai Story

Kalpana Jain, MC/MPA 2011 helps create a Kennedy School case study out of the story of an unlikely woman leader half a world away. Also features former WAPPP fellow and current HKS lecturer, Kessely Hong.

Wall Street Journal | January 9, 2013

Study Suggests Fix for Gender Bias on the Job

Dean Iris Bohnet, WAPPP director, and WAPPP fellow, Alexandra Van Geen, share their research finding an effective fix for gender discrimination in promotion and job assignments. The solution: consider several candidates for a position at the same time rather than individually.

New York Times | January 9, 2013

Obama’s Remade Inner Circle Has an All-Male Look, So Far

“It is not just a pipeline issue,” said Marie C. Wilson, member of WAPPP's Women's Leadership Board. “The pipeline in government has loads of talented people in it, and loads of talented women.” Victoria Budson, WAPPP executive director, comments, “We’re the only industrialized nation in the world with no mandatory paid leave. This is about creating a better system of labor throughout the course of a person’s career.”

The Phoenix | December 10, 2012

Talking Politics: "Wu-Hoo!"

Boston will get its first official challenger for an at-large seat on the Boston City Council, when 27-year-old South End resident Michelle Wu, HLS '11 and Oval Office '11.

Fox 25 News | December 10, 2012

Victoria Budson talks equal pay for women

FOX 25's Maria Stephanos talks with Victoria Budson, executive director of WAPPP and chair of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, about equal pay for women. Victoria Budson shares Hannah Riley Bowles' research on women negotiating as part of the gender pay gap discussion.

WBUR Radio | December 10, 2012

Why the gender pay gap is as real as ever

A new analysis of U.S. Census data shows that, despite Massachusetts’s progressive reputation, the pay disparity between men and women is actually worse in the Commonwealth than in most other states. We’ll examine some of the reasons. WAPPP executive director, Victoria Budson, discusses the topic. | December 9, 2012

Massachusetts women at forefront of pay gap: Disparity with men among highest in the US

“As you get into industries that require an MBA or JD, there is less transparency in the [hiring/advancement] process,” said Victoria Budson, executive director of WAPPP. “The less transparency and clarity in the process, the larger the pay disparity.”

Des Moines Register | November 17, 2012

Women, minorities more likely to parent alone

Because mothers dominate single-parent statistics, they also tend to dominate the discussion. 'Focus only on moms, and you could be doing inadvertent harm by further weakening the family,' said Kathryn Edin, WAPPP faculty adviser.

Bloomberg | November 15, 2012

Why Mommy can't get ahead: Ease the 'Caregiver Tax,' close the pay gap

Companies are facing changing demographics, and the sooner they embrace them, the stronger they’ll be. “I call this the business case for gender diversity,” says Dean Iris Bohnet, WAPPP director. Fixing the pay gap will demand more progressive public policies as well as businesses to modernize their cultures to accommodate both halves of the workforce. This isn’t about being generous; it’s self-interest.

Southcoast Today | November 14, 2012

Women's advocates hope to build on election momentum

"Right now, with the recent focus on women voters and issues that pertain to women, it presents an opportunity where the state and the nation are listening to women and it will be important for elected leaders to keep that listening ear open," said Victoria Budson, executive director of WAPPP.

The Crimson | November 7, 2012

The case for gender diversity

Dean David Ellwood and Dean Iris Bohnet commend the efforts of both Harvard Kennedy School students and The Crimson to highlight gender diversity and the critical need to expand the representation of women at the School, elsewhere in education, in government, and in all sectors.

The Daily Beast | November 7, 2012

Elizabeth the Great: Warren’s sweet victory in Massachusetts

“This is historic because, for the first time in the history of the United States, we have a woman from Massachusetts in the Senate,” notes Victoria Budson, executive director of WAPPP.

WBUR Radio | November 1, 2012

Female voters: More diverse than you think

Female voters are being fought over in the presidential race and the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race. Victoria Budson discusses why women are so important in politics this year and how issues important to them are being embraced by campaigns.

Los Angeles Times | October 7, 2012

Women in the workplace: How 'good girls' fight back

Featuring Dean Iris Bohnet's research: If candidates for assignments and promotions were evaluated at the same time — for example, the results of their past performances were presented comparatively — interviewers tended to rely less on stereotypes and more on the evidence presented. But if candidates were assessed one at a time, the interviewers were more likely to revert to stereotypes.

WBUR | October 7, 2012

Massachusetts Senate Race Gives New Meaning To Gender Politics

"Despite its liberal reputation, the home of Jack Kennedy and Tip O'Neill has never elected a woman as governor or senator. And in Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown's tight re-election race with Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, gender could prove the difference." Including comments by Victoria A. Budson.

CNN | October 3, 2012

Expert decodes candidates' body language

Amy Cuddy, HBS, talks to CNN's Gary Tuchman about the candidates' body language during the first 2012 presidential debate.

Harvard Gazette | September 27, 2012

Freedom in motion

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi outlines vision for Burma in Kennedy School talk. Co-sponsored by Women and Public Policy Program.

UNDP | September 2012

Gender Equality in Elected Office in Asia Pacific: Six Actions to Expand Women’s Empowerment

WAPPP affiliate, Pippa Norris provides an overview of women’s political representation in Asia-Pacific member states and outlines six “windows of opportunity.” She presented this work in WAPPP’s fall seminar.

NYU Press | August 2012

Female Soldiers in Sierra Leone: Sex, Security, and Post-Conflict Development

Former WAPPP fellow Megan MacKenzie's new book argues that post-conflict reconstruction is a highly gendered process, demonstrating that a clear recognition and understanding of the roles and experiences of female soldiers are central to both understanding the conflict and to crafting effective policy for the future.

Munich, Germany | July 2012

DLDWomen Conference

"...[O]ne needs to admit that we all have our biases and prejudices and, second, one has to make a leap of faith – change organizational structures to make the change, easy and fun. Otherwise, there will never be a real paradigm shift," says Dean Iris Bohnet.

SSRN | April 2012

Up in Smoke: The Influence of Household Behavior on the Long-Run Impact of Improved Cooking Stoves

Clean cook stove technology is falling short of expectations. WAPPP affiliate Rema Hanna and her colleagues find a disconnect between engineering studies and how technology is used in real-world development settings.

Princeton University | 2012

Building an Inclusive, Responsive National Police Service: Gender-Sensitive Reform in Liberia, 2005-2011

Laura Bacon, MPP '09 and WAPPP Cultural Bridge Fellow, worked in Liberia's Ministry of Gender and Development during the summer of 2008. As associate director of Princeton’s Innovation for Successful Strategies, she has published a report on the effort to use gender-inclusive policies in Liberia after the civil war.

WGBH Radio | August 7, 2012

Better Business Ethics

Dean Iris Bohnet speaks about implicit biases: how good people who do not mean to discriminate can’t help doing so—unless we change organizational structures and practices to make it easier for our biased minds to get it right. Hear the full story on WGBH radio.

NECN TV | July 19, 2012

Yahoo CEO reignites working mother debate

WAPPP executive director Victoria Budson joined "The Morning Show" to discuss the seemingly endless battle working parents face in balancing their professional and personal lives.

Forbes | July 17, 2012

Is That Ad Super PAC Backed? This App Will Tell You

Jennifer Hollett, HKS 2012 and Oval Office alumna, is set to launch the SuperPac App, with partner from MIT. The app identifies any political ad and informs the user of which super PAC(s) funded that commercial.

HKS Impact | June 2012

Why Girls Fare Better Than Boys When Moving Out of Poor Neighborhoods

“When the experimental data came back, there was this completely confusing result — boys were doing worse and girls were doing better,” says Kathryn Edin, WAPPP faculty adviser. “No one could figure out why this intervention would impact boys and girls differently. So we decided to ask them.”

Harvard Gazette | June 15, 2012

A Nobel cause in the Arab world Yemeni activist calls on West to champion democracy’s spread

WAPPP co-sponsored a public forum with Nobel Peace Laureate, Tawakkol Karmen who talked about the success of the Arab Spring and what's needed now to build and ensure democracy.

Harvard Gazette | May 24, 2012

Family values, in an orphanage At the Divinity School, Soni built on a service ethos that spans generations

“The hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through was understanding that the orphanage was doing more harm than good,” said Sonya Soni, WAPPP summer intern 2011. “It’s treated like a charity, not like a place where the girls can be leaders and make it their home. I’m trying to change that."

Los Angeles Times | May 24, 2012

Caught in the cycle of poverty

"Getting out of poverty takes extraordinary perseverance," Kathryn Edin, WAPPP faculty adviser said. "When disadvantage builds over generations, it is going to take generations to unbuild it."

HKS News | May 23, 2012

The Value of Global Citizenship

Madame Christine Lagarde urged HKS graduates at their Commencement to “go forward, embrace the world, change the world. Shape your own future and our common global future. Keep up, and when the world says, 'give up,' don’t forget that hope whispers: 'try one more time.'"

Boston Globe | May 19, 2012

More women are needed in Congress

Former WAPPP director, Swanee Hunt, writes: "Now, more than ever, women of both parties have a good reason to run — not for cover, but for office — because huge majorities of Americans say we’d be better off with more women in the political system."

The Hill | May 9, 2012

Overcoming Obstacles: Closing the Gap, Strengthening the Political Participation of Women

With the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Embassy of Switzerland in the United States, WAPPP held "Overcoming Obstacles, Closing the Gap: Strengthening the Political Participation of Women." Victoria Budson moderated a panel with Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). Dean Iris Bohnet made closing remarks.

The Washington Post "Wonkblog" | May 8, 2012

What cookstoves tell us about the limits of technology

Rema Hanna, HKS, and colleagues found that one of the most promising foreign aid ideas -- cleaner cookstoves -- stops helping when trainers/technicians leave and owners had to clean chimneys and make repairs themselves.

US News | May 4, 2012

Mitt Romney Can't Dodge Paycheck Fairness and Win Over Women

"Paycheck Fairness is not just about equality for women, but about equality for families in the Untied States." - Victoria Budson, WAPPP executive director

WAPPP Wire | April 30, 2012

It’s as simple as it is profound...four areas critical to elevating the status of women

Speaking to the Women's Leadership Board at HKS, Ambassador Verveer suggested four critical areas to elevating the status of women: (1) Access to education, (2) Economic participation, (3) Access to basic health care, and (4) Political engagement.

US News | April 24, 2012

Group Wants Women to Open Their Wallets for Female Political Candidates

"Men tend to view political giving as an extension of their power base," said Victoria Budson, executive director of WAPPP. "Women view it as one of the many ways they invest in their values and their priorities. It is one of the ways they participate in politics, but it is not the only way."

New York Times | April 16, 2012

Gender and the Polls

The decline in marriage helps explain why women have become more left-wing in both the United States and in Europe, according to WAPPP faculty adviser, Rohini Pande. | April 12, 2012

Lawmakers address salary gap Women meet for Equal Pay Day

How is it women still earn only 80% of what men’s do in Massachusetts? Particularly, as Victoria Budson, executive director of WAPPP notes, women in the state hold a higher number of number of advanced degrees and college degrees than their counterparts in other states.

Bangkok Post | April 8, 2012

Asian nations seek gender equality

With women holding 18.2% of legislative seats in the Asia-Pacific region, countries are looking for ways to increase women’s representation, including quotas. However, “it is not just a simple formula of add women and stir," Pippa Norris, WAPPP affiliate, said. "There are many other windows of opportunity for countries to improve the situation of women in politics."

New York Times | April 7, 2012

Welfare Limits Left Poor Adrift as Recession Hit

Welfare reform of the 90s is being tested by the current economy, primarily impacting women and children. WAPPP faculty adviser, Kathryn Edin, finds that that the number of households with children living on less than $2 per person per day has nearly doubled since 1996.

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