Spring 2010 | issue no. 4

Summer Interns Announced!

Meet WAPPP's summer student fellows and interns.
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Do Traditional Institutions Constrain Female Entrepreneurship?

WAPPP Faculty Advisory Committee member Rohini Pande presented new research on female entrepreneurship in India at the January 2010 meeting of the American Economic Association.
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Gender Matters in the Workplace

How much does likeness matter? How do you build and maintain a diverse workforce? What happens to women and minorities entering organizations at the bottom level and why are they so underrepresented at the top?
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Oval Office Alumnae run for office

WAPPP is delighted to announce that two of our Oval Office alumnae, Stefani Carter and Natasha Holiday, have launched their campaigns to run for elected office in 2010.
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When Women Run for Office: Massachusetts Mayors Share Their Experiences

The challenges faced by women running for Massachusetts mayoral seats and the motivation behind their decisions to run for office. The discussion, “On Her Honor: Is a New Generation of Women Mayors Changing the State's Oldest Cities?” provided insight into two very different approaches to running for office as a woman.
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Strategic Value of Women Combatants: Experience and Policy Implications

History has shown the reluctance of societies to accept women as combatants. Three widely-held notions about sex roles in combat include that men are bigger and stronger, that men are natural killers whereas women are peace makers, and that women cannot fight.
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Research Initiative

Exploring the Business Case for Gender Diversity

Exploring the Business Case for Gender Diversity is an initiative led by the Women and Public Policy Program. In collaboration with the Council of Women World Leaders and our knowledge partner the World Economic Forum, WAPPP will host an inaugural conference on "Closing the Global Gender Gap: The Business Case for Organizations, Politics, and Society" at Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, MA, USA, in October 2010, bringing together key researchers and decision makers to explore the economic value of gender diversity in organizations, politics and society.
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Research Spotlight

Research Spotlight

Anna Dreber’s research profiled in New York Magazine

Last month, WAPPP Fellow Anna Dreber and her research on hormones and behavior were profiled in the article, “What if Women Ran Wall Street?” in New York Magazine.
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Student Spotlight

Molly Byrne

An HKS Master in Public Policy (MPP) 2010 candidate, is committed to public service. As a member of the Harvard Kennedy School community, Molly has focused on fully integrating gender advocacy with her international relations studies.
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WAPPP Seminar Series

Each week, WAPPP offers students, faculty, fellows and practitioners a unique opportunity to gain insight and analysis on the latest cutting-edge gender research from prominent researchers and practitioners who integrate a gendered perspective into their work.

Seminars will resume in Fall 2010

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In this Issue...


Note from the Director

As we take the temperature of the world in April 2010, it is clear that we have not yet found our way out of the financial crisis.


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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