WAPPP Newsletter

Fall 2008 | issue no. 1

Welcome from the Director

It is with great pleasure that we present our first newsletter to you. A lot is happening at WAPPP, advancing our knowledge about gender in public policy and leadership and strengthening our impact around the world.


Faculty Spotlight

A Charge, A Challenge, A Vision: Iris Bohnet

In its eleventh year, Harvard Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy Program welcomes Dr. Iris Bohnet, Professor of Public Policy, as the center’s director.



Negotiation Journal October 2008: Gender in Negotiation

Gender has become one of the hottest areas of negotiation research and teaching in recent years. The topic has received increasing media attention, and negotiation students and executive education participants more frequently request that educators address the topic of gender dynamics at the bargaining table.

Women Learn How to Run for Office in WAPPP Initiative

As this year’s presidential election has shown, female candidates face unique challenges in the political arena. Kate Coyne-McCoy, Northeast regional director of EMILY’s List and Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) fellow, addressed these obstacles in in the first session of the political training program, From Harvard Square to the Oval Office.

Insights on Women's Political Empowerment: Gender Quotas

Quotas are both an important tool for ensuring women’s representation in politics and a significant factor for encouraging women from various backgrounds to be part of the political process.

Insights on Development: Rebuilding Liberia's Post-Conflict Economy to Work for Women

Three Key Recommendations: 1) Prioritize the construction of farm-to-market and rural access roads; 2) Meet the credit needs of urban women; and 3) Enable women to move into more productive, non-traditional, emerging sectors.

Insights on Security Effects of Gender Oversights: Reconstruction Policy in Sierra Leone

Security policy in post-conflict Sierra Leone has fallen short of recognizing female combatants as soldiers. As a result, post-conflict reconstruction policies have failed to adequately deal with women’s needs as ex-combatants, which would be critical for their successful reintegration and the rebuilding of the country.


Awards and Recognitions

Professor Iris Bohnet, WAPPP director, was invited by the World Economic Forum to serve on the Global Agenda Council on the Gender Gap and on the Global Agenda Council on Diversity.

Victoria Budson, executive director of WAPPP, received a 2008 Women2Women Leadership award from Empower Peace.

Fiona Greig, former WAPPP fellow, was named one of 2008 Women’s Forum Rising Talents.

WAPPP received a research grant from the US Department of Defense to work on negotiation and culture in the Middle East, with a special focus on questions of gender, led by Professor Bohnet.


Upcoming Events

11/6 Propensity to Negotiate and Career Advancement: Evidence and Practice from the Private Sector

11/13 The Evolution of the Gender Wage Gap in Ukraine: Do Minimum Wages Matter?

11/20 Women’s Leadership in National Security

12/4 Relational Accounts: An Answer to Women’s Compensation Negotiation Dilemma

12/5 FILM SCREENING: Pray the Devil Back To Hell

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Thank you

The Women and Public Policy Program gratefully acknowledges the support of the HKS Women’s Leadership Board. The resources provided by the WLB impact every facet of our work toward global gender equality.

WAPPP’s mission is sustained through the numerous individuals, foundations and corporations who invest in WAPPP. Together, we are changing the world.



Join us each Thursday for a seminar on gender and public policy in Taubman building, room 401 from 11:40 am to 1:00 pm.

This series is made possible through the generous support of the Abigail E. Disney Fund.


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