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.


From Colombia to Cambodia to California, Harvard graduate students are advancing gender equity around the world this summer. With support from WAPPP and our generous donors, 17 students are working on key gender issues — including maternal health outcomes, gender gaps in education, social isolation in rural areas, gender-affirming care, and sexual violence. Read about all our 2024 summer fellows here.


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. 


Why not make your next summer read a book related to gender equity? These works by Harvard affiliates from the last two years include a scholarly perspective on gender quotas, books on women and leadership, a memoir about women's rights in Afghanistan, and an essay anthology on anti-racist policies.


In a recent episode of the 'Rational Games' podcast, WAPPP co-director Hannah Riley Bowles discusses contextual factors that heighten the likelihood of gender effects in negotiation, as well as strategies for mitigating potential sources of bias.

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.

GAP is an online collection of research evaluating the impact of specific policies, strategies, and organizational practices to advance gender equity.  

The fellowship's mission is to support and advance academic and practitioner-scholars in their gender-related research.

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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.