WAPPP Newsletter

Fall 2009 | issue no. 3

The Case of Lilly Ledbetter: Strategies for salary negotiations

In a two-day research seminar chaired by Professors Hannah Riley Bowles and Iris Bohnet, leading researchers convened to share strategies for addressing gender differences in decision-making and negotiation.

Are Women Less Aggressive?

Are women less physically aggressive? According to Rose McDermott, Professor of Political Science at Brown University and former Women and Public Policy Program Fellow, there may be sufficient evidence to uphold this claim.

From Harvard Square to the Oval Office: Journeys to Political Office

While various career paths for graduate students exist, a call to public service compels many to pursue political office. From Harvard Square to the Oval Office (“Oval Office”) provides students with not only the tools to run for public office but the opportunity to reflect on their political aspirations and explore that journey further.

Women in a Woeful World: Coming to terms with oppression

Rohini Pande, WAPPP faculty advisor and one of the principal investigators of our Closing the Global Gender Gap Initiative, reviewed Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning husband-and-wife journalists Nicholas D. Kristof ’82 and Sheryl WuDunn, M.B.A. ’86, is more than just journalism.


Research Initiatives:

Closing the Global Gender Gap Initiative

The Closing the Global Gender Gap: A Call to Action is an initiative led by the Women and Public Policy Program in collaboration with the Center for International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School that aims to leverage Harvard University’s rigorous capacity for research and convening power toward the empowerment of women.


Teaching and Training:

From Harvard Square to the Oval Office

Full academic year
Training Harvard graduate students to ascend in the electoral process at the local, state and national levels.

Women and Security Executive Program

January 2010
The Women and Security Executive Program (WSEP) is chaired by Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy. Since 1999, the program has trained leading women in the field of security and peace building from conflict and post-conflict states. The leaders engage in in-depth classroom discussion, sharing best practices and learning from the experience of their colleagues. During faculty sessions, the participants are exposed to a variety of experts and topics pertinent to their work. Examples of classroom sessions include role-playing methods as a means for conflict resolution; the challenges for global leadership and US foreign policy; leadership and its subset, 'followership'; and, the roots of inter-group conflict.

Negotiating for Leadership: An Executive Program for Women in Senior Positions

April 13-15, 2010
An intense three-day executive education program offered by the Dubai School of Government and co-sponsored by WAPPP, designed to assist women in senior positions in developing the negotiation strategies necessary to lead effectively in today’s world.

Women and Power: Leadership in a New World

May 16-21, 2010
The Women and Power Executive Program is designed to further develop the leadership strategies and skills of women in the corporate, non-profit and public sectors. The program is intended for women in senior positions, and provides teaching and training by Harvard Faculty on how to enhance one’s influence and authority in organizational and political contexts. Women and Power was created in collaboration with the Women and Public Policy Program, Executive Education, and the Center for Public Leadership. Professor Hannah Riley Bowles serves as the faculty chair of the Program.


Upcoming Events:

Measuring the Gender Performance Gap in Internal Labor Markets
Farzad Saidi, WAPPP Fellow, will discuss the gender performance gap in competitive, male-dominated environments.
Building Blocks: Reaching Beyond the Classroom
2009 WAPPP Cultural Bridge Fellows discuss their summers working with change agents around the world.
Loyalist Women Paramilitaries in Northern Ireland
Beginning a Feminist Conversation About Conflict Resolution.


In this Issue...


Note from the Director

You may have heard in one of the many prominent news stories that women have made progress in recent years. I’m pleased to report...


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.


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