The Women and Public Policy Program’s faculty, research fellows, and students are committed to advancing women and gender equity globally. Through rigorous research, we offer gender insights into work, politics, and conflict that have the potential to reduce or eliminate barriers so all people can fulfill their life aspirations unconstrained by gender bias.


The academic year may be over, but if you're like us, you're looking for ways to engage with ideas related to gender equity year-round! From a scholarly perspective on gender quotas and books on women and leadership to a memoir about women's rights in Afghanistan and an anthology of essays on anti-racist policies, here is a roundup of gender-focused books by Harvard affiliates published in the last two years.


In this Financial Times piece on combating a 'DEI backlash' and continuing to make work more equitable, WAPPP co-director Iris Bohnet uses her behavioral science expertise to advocate for building equity-based interventions into systems, practices and procedures. 


Congratulations to this year's From Harvard Square to the Oval Office cohort on completing WAPPP's political training program! Read about some of the inspiring Oval Office participants and how their experience in the program will shape their futures, in this piece on HKS Student Stories.


Just in time for GAP's 10-year anniversary this spring, we're thrilled to announce that GAP hit one million users at the end of 2023, signifying the impact of its research translation on practitioners, policymakers, and journalists who we’ve enabled to advance gender equity in their local contexts.

Research & Programs

The WAGE research initiative focuses on data-driven strategies organizations can use to "debias" their systems and create more inclusive workplaces, as well as interventions that enhance individuals’ agency in negotiating more gender-equitable work arrangements, including paid and unpaid labor.

The Gender and Politics initiative aims to advance research on representative democracy and equitable participation in governments across the globe. Our "Oval Office" training program inspires and supports nontraditional candidates to run for public office. 

The Gender and Conflict initiative unites faculty, students, and researchers at Harvard Kennedy School and beyond to study gender in non-violent and violent social movements and the social and institutional factors influencing the prevalence of gender-based violence.

The Gender Action Portal (GAP) serves as an online tool for decision-makers across sectors. The collection of research focuses on experimental approaches—both in the field and in the laboratory—and draws from multiple disciplines, including economics, psychology, and organizational behavior.

The mission of the fellowship is to support and advance academic and practitioner-scholars in their gender-related research. By conducting research and engaging with faculty and students at Harvard Kennedy School and beyond, the fellows enrich the intellectual life of the center.

Explore all the programs, projects, and initiatives at the Women and Public Policy Program.

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The Women and Public Policy Program and the Harvard Kennedy School are located on the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary unceded homeland of the Massachusett people, the surviving descendants of the first people of Massachusetts and of the Neponset band of the Massachusett. We honor this tradition and work toward a gender equity agenda that addresses the needs of all women, including Indigenous women and Indigenous communities. For more information, please visit our GAP Land Acknowledgement resource page.