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Women and Politics Institute – American University
Based at American University’s School of Public Affairs, the Women and Politics Institute offers courses, training, research and other opportunities to learn about women in the political arena.

Contact: Women & Politics Institute, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016, USA;; 202-885-2903

Women’s Leadership Institute – Auburn University
The Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) was established to help women associated with Auburn University take a proactive step in closing the gender gap of women in politics, corporate boardrooms, and the administrations of business and educational institutions. WLI also hosts public programs to train and inspire a new generation of women leaders.

Contact: Women’s Leadership Institute, Haley Center 2227, Auburn University, AL 36849, USA;; 334-844-2491

Babson Association of Women MBAs – Babson College
The Association helps women MBA students build networks, find and be a mentor, develop leadership skills and transition to their next professional opportunity, and builds awareness of women’s issues in the business world.


Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership – Babson College
Women make up nearly half of the U.S. managerial workforce, but they still encounter gender-based challenges as they progress through their careers. The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership is dedicated to investigating, educating, and celebrating women entrepreneurial leaders of all kinds.

Contact: Babson College, The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership, Babson Park, MA 02457, USA;; 781-239-5001

The Athena Center for Leadership Studies – Barnard
The Athena Center aims to be a globally renowned center for advancing women in leadership. The Center encourages women leaders to be visionary, bold, and globally aware.

Contact: Athena Center for Leadership Studies, Barnard College, 301 Barnard Hall, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027, USA;; 212-854-1264

Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security examines and highlights the roles and experiences of women in peace and security worldwide through cutting edge research, timely global convenings, and strategic partnerships. The Institute is also home to the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership, which is a part of the Women & Economy Project launched in October 2014.

Contact: 1412 36th Street NW, Washington DC 20057;; 202-525-1980

U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council 
The U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council is a public-private partnership, created in 2002 by Presidents George W. Bush and Hamid Karzai, and homed at Georgetown University. It connects the U.S. and Afghan governments, the private sector, academia, and non-governmental organizations to develop and implement initiatives in support of Afghan women and children.

Contact: 3300 Whitehaven St. NW, Washington, DC 20057;; 202-687-5095

Women’s Leadership Conference – George Washington University
Each spring, the Women’s Leadership Conference and the Elizabeth Somers Leadership Center bring together an intergenerational audience of professional women, many of whom are alumnae and students, to discuss the personal and professional challenges facing women in the 21st century.

Contact: GW Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA;; 202-242-6697

Women’s Leadership Program – George Washington University
The Women’s Leadership Program is a year-long, selective, living and learning program for freshmen women of any school at GWU. WLP students have the benefit of small classes, close contact with faculty and women in leadership roles, and strong community ties within the Program.

Contact: GW Mount Vernon Campus, Academic Bldg. Room 212, 2100 Foxhall Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA;; 202-242-6726

Women’s Initiative in Leadership – Harvard University
The Institute of Politics’ Women’s Initiative in Leadership (WIL) was created to address the interest and importance of female students at Harvard in developing leadership skills. The program strives to explore and understand leadership through seminars, discussions, and interactive workshops over the course of a semester.

Contact: The Institute of Politics, Harvard University, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA;; 617-495-136

Women and Public Policy Program – Kennedy School, Harvard University
WAPPP’s primary activities focus on developing the relationship between women and public policy through facilitating scholarship, encouraging and enhancing teaching, publishing materials, and influencing the policy process by strengthening women’s leadership and the advocacy power of grassroots women.

Contact: 79 JFK Street, Taubman Bldg. 1st floor, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA;; 617-495-8143

Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy – University of Massachusetts, Boston
Part of the John W. McCormack Graduate Institute of Public Affairs, the Center seeks to expand involvement of women in politics and policies affecting them through quality graduate education, collaborative research and events, and focusing on intersection of race and gender.

Contact: Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125, USA;; 617-287-5541

Center for Integrative Leadership – University of Minnesota
The Center for Integrative Leadership (CIL) is a premier forum for the study of leaders and leadership that crosses sectoral and geographic boundaries. CIL engages in collaborative teaching, community outreach, and research initiatives with other University centers, and external community partners.

Contact: Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Room 130, 301 19th Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA;; 612-625-5209

NYU Women’s Leadership Forum – New York University
The objective of the NYU Women’s Leadership Forum is to foster leadership development, facilitate professional growth, and sponsor opportunities for outreach among women in leadership roles. Through networking, access to electronic resources, and participation in an array of events such as conferences, guest presentations, and opportunities for professional development, women can exchange information and interact with others who have common interests and goals.


Center for American Women and Politics – Rutgers University
CAWP uses research and data, education and outreach programs to promote greater knowledge and understanding about  women’s participation in politics and government and to enhance women’s influence and leadership in public life.

Contact: Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, 191 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA;

Center for Women’s Global Leadership – Rutgers University
CWGL has fostered women’s leadership in the area of women’s human rights and social justice through women’s global leadership institutes, strategic planning activities, international mobilization campaigns, UN monitoring, global education endeavors, publications, and a resource center.

Contact: Center for Women’s Global Leadership, 160 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA;; 732-932-9384

Center for Women and Work – Rutgers University
The Center for Women and Work (CWW) is an innovative leader in research and programs that promote gender equity, a high-skill economy, and reconciliation of work and well-being for all.

Contact: Center for Women and Work, 50 Labor Center Way, New Brunswick, NJ 08903, USA; 848-932-4614

Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics – Rutgers University
The mission of the Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics (WiSEM) is to improve the stature of women at all levels within Rutgers University through networking events, career development workshops and initiatives for increased visibility and collaborations.

Contact: Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics, RUTCOR Modular Building, 640 Bartholomew Rd., Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA;; 732-445-1244

Women’s Education Worldwide – Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges
WEW brings together presidents and chief academic officers of women’s colleges and universities from around the world and other leaders in women’s education. The mission of WEW is to share best practices, to collect and disseminate data about women’s colleges, to foster exchange among our institutions, and to advocate for women’s education worldwide.

Contact: Mount Holyoke College, 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075, USA;

Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics
The centre aims to foster an appreciation for women’s contributions to politics, government, and public decision making in the UK and Ireland. The website includes research on women’s political participation and representation, public attitudes to women in politics, and women in parliament.

Contact: Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics, 2001 19-21 University Square, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1PA, N. Ireland, UK;; +44-289097-3629

Study of Women and Gender – Smith College
The Program for the Study of Women and Gender examines gender, race, class and sexuality as important and simultaneous aspects of social worlds and human lives. The Program shows students how different academic disciplines view the operation of gender in the labor market, the family, political systems and cultural production.

Contact: Program for the Study of Women and Gender, Smith College, Seelye Hall, Northampton, MA 01063, USA;; 413-585-3390

Women’s Leadership Academy – University at Albany, State University of New York
The purpose of the Women’s Leadership Academy (WLA) is to strengthen participants’ self-efficacy, leadership capacity and capabilities to increase female presence in public policy and politics. WLA hosts a week-long summer program for undergraduates and a six-month fellowship for graduate students to foster leadership skills.

Contact: Center for Women in Government & Civil Society, Fellowship on Women & Public Policy, Draper Hall, Room 302, 135 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12222, USA; 518-442-3900

Leadership Institute – St. Catherine University
St. Catherine’s Leadership Institute offers a wide variety of programs to help women become effective, ethical and influential leaders and expand their professional social capital.

Contact: Leadership Institute, 2004 Randolph Avenue F-08, St. Paul, MN 55105, USA;; 651-690-6819

Wellesley Centers for Women – Wellesley College
The Wellesley Centers for Women is the largest social science organization in the US dedicated to gender research. The Center conducts research and creates programs with women’s perspectives and experiences at the core and ensures this work reaches a wide audience and influences public policies and programs.

Contact: Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College, 106 Central St., Wellesley, MA 02481, USA;; 781-283-2500

The Women’s Campaign School – Yale University
WCS aims to provide training for women who want to run for office or who want to move up the ladder to higher elective office. For five days, participants are put through an intense political immersion program designed to teach campaign skills, strategic assessment, and improvisation.

Contact: The Women’s Campaign School, P. O. Box 1194, New Canaan, CT 06840, USA;; 203-734-7385

The Women’s Leadership Initiative – Yale University
WLI aims to create a campus culture that encourages and empowers aspiring female leaders at Yale. Since its inception, WLI has grown to support both small and large forums of discussion, from WLI Salon Nights to mentorship families, and Job Shadowing Days to an annual Women in Leadership Conference.