Project on Women and Social Change
The Smith College Project on Women and Social Change is an interdisciplinary faculty research group. Founded in 1978, the project draws together faculty from a wide range of disciplines. The project's faculty participants are involved in research and teaching, exploring women's contributions to social change and the ways in which women are affected by change. Members of the project undertake both individual and collaborative research and translate their findings into teaching. The project brings local and international scholars to Smith for various forums including work-in-progress seminars, lectures, conferences, and workshops. Current Smith faculty research projects are focused on: Gender, Authority, and Leadership; Women and Work; and Comparative Studies of Gender, Education, and Public Policy.
Projects & Campaigns
Leadership and Leadership Development
Women on Power: Leadership Redefined. The provocative essays cover a broad range of topics, including the Boston Women's Health Book Collective, global perspectives on women's environmental activism, mothering as a catalyst to social activism, and women in the enclaves of veterinary medicine and sports.
Sports and Fitness
Physical Education and Sport in a Global Context: Honoring the Legacy, Charting the Future. A 50th Anniversary Conference held in the spring of 1999 addressed equity in sports and progress made by female athletes from around the country.
Reports & Resources
Managing Lives: Corporate Women and Social Change, Sue J.M. Freeman (1990).
The Whistle-Blowers: Exposing Corruption in Government and Industry, Myron Peretz Glazer and Penina Midgal Glazer (1989).
Unequal Colleagues: The Entrance of Women Into the Professions, 1890-1940, Penina Midgal Glazer and Miriam Slater (1987).
The Economics of Comparable Worth, Mark Aldrich and Robert Buchele (1986).
The Environmental Crusaders: Confronting Disaster and Mobilizing Community, Penina Midgal Glazer and Myron Peretz Glazer (1998).
Feminist Thought and Scholarship
Learning About Women: Gender, Politics, and Power, edited by Susan C. Bourque et al. (1989).
Building Domestic Liberty: Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Architectural Feminism, Polly Wynn Allen (1988).
Women, Welfare and Higher Education: Towards Comprehensive Policies, edited by Martha Ackelsberg, et al. (1988).
Women Living Change: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, edited by Susan C. Bourque and Donna Robinson Divine (1985).
Women of the Andes: Patriarchy and Social Change in Two Peruvian Towns, Susan C. Bourque and Kay B. Warren (1981).
Women's Place in the Academy: Transforming the Liberal Arts Curriculum, edited by Marilyn Schuseter and Susan Van Dyne (1985).
Women's History as Women's Education: Essays, Natalie Zemon Davis and Joan Wallach Scott (1985).
Family Life in Seventeeth Century England: The Verneys of Claydon House, Miriam Slater (1984).
Politics and Society in Ottoman Palestine: The Arab Struggle for Survival and Power, Donna Robinson Divine (1994).
The Politics of Women's Education: Perspectives from Asia, Africa, and Latin America, edited by Jill Ker Conway and Susan C. Bourque (1993).
Free Women of Spain: Anarchism and Struggle, Martha Ackelsberg (1991).
Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships
What We Do
NCRW is a network of leading university and community based research, policy, and advocacy centers with a growing global reach dedicated to advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls. We also have a Corporate Circle comprised of senior diversity professionals from leading U.S. and global member companies and a Presidents Circle of college and university leaders who share our commitment. NCRW harnesses the collective power of its network to provide knowledge, analysis, and thought leadership on issues ranging from reducing women’s poverty to building a critical mass of women’s leadership across sectors.