Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy
The Center promotes women's leadership in politics and public policy by providing quality education through our graduate certificate program, conducting research that makes a difference in women's lives, and serving as a resource for the empowerment of women from diverse communities across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Principal StaffCarol Hardy-Fanta, Director
Ph. (617) 287-5541
Christa Kelleher, Research Director
Ph. (617) 287-5530
Donna Stewartson, Associate Program Director
Ph. (617) 287-6785
Paige Ransford, Research Associate
Ph. (617) 287-7407
Areas of Expertise:Advancing Women's Leadership, Leadership in Civil Society, Leadership in Government, Politics, and Business
Projects & Campaigns
Cultural, Racial, and Ethnic Diversity
Directory of Latino Candidates in Massachusetts, 1968-1994, by Carol Hardy-Fanta (with the Gaston Institute)(June 1996).
Speaking from Experience; a Handbook of Successful Strategies by and for Latino Candidates in Massachusetts, by Carol Hardy-Fanta (with the Gaston Institute)(1996).
Girls and Adolescents
Research on girls and politics, especially the factors that predict whether girls will vote or consider running for office when they reach adulthood.
Economic and Social Status of Women
From Dialogue to Action: The Mass Action for Women Audit. This statewide organizing and participatory action research project will produce fact sheets on the status of women and girls in Massachusetts and a publication of a Resource Manual for Regional Facilitators; Regional Women's Research and Action Committees. (To be completed September 2001.)
Alternatives to Incarceration for Substance Abusing Female Offenders. This research study produced academic papers and presentations at conferences.
Minors' Abortion Rights Project. This project examined the experiences of minors seeking judicial bypass in order to obtain an abortion in Massachusetts.
The Center does ongoing research on women in politics in Massachusetts including gender analysis of Massachusetts and national public opinion polls, political profiles of women in the state, studies of Latina women in politics, and the intersection of gender, race and ethnicity with politics. It also hosts numerous public forums including a televised Gubernatorial Candidates Forum on Issues of Concern to Women.
Reports & Resources
CWPP Women's News is a biweekly publication available online. It summarizes recent acquisitions for our Information Resource Center, highlights of political news affecting women in the Commonwealth, and provides alerts to upcoming events of interest to women.
Albelda, Randy, and Christa Kelleher. 2010. Women in the Down Economy: Impacts of the Recession and the Stimulus in Massachusetts. Download
Hardy-Fanta, Carol. 2009. Stepping Up: Managing Diversity in Challenging Times - The First Annual Report of Commonwealth Compact Benchmark Data. (May). Download
Kates, Erika, Sylvia Mignon and Paige Ransford. 2008. Parenting from Prison: Family Relationships of Incarcerated Women in Massachusetts. Research Report. Boston: Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, McCormack Graduate School, University of Massachusetts Boston. (June). Download
Hardy-Fanta, Carol, and Kacie Kelly. 2007. Women of Talent: Gender and Government Appointments in Massachusetts, 2002–2007. Research Report. Boston: Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy and the Massachusetts Government Appointments Project (MassGAP), McCormack Graduate School, University of Massachusetts Boston (November). Download
A Tale of Two Decades: Changes in Work and Family in Massachusetts, 1979-1999, by Randy Albelda and Marlene Kim. (Report produced by the Donahue Institute of the Univeristy of Massachusetts, and UMass Boston's Center for Social Policy, Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, and Labor Resource Center.)(July 2002)
Girls and Politics: Predictors of Political Ambition, by Claire Benedict, with Carol Hardy-Fanta. A Pilot Study, May 2002.
Connecting for Change: Results of the Mass Action for Women Audit November, 2001. (Also Available on CD).
A Policy Brief: Mental Health Needs Of Women In Transition From Welfare To Work, by Carol L. Cardozo and Lisa K. Sussman, June 2001.
Report on the Minors' Abortion Rights Project, by J. Shoshanna Erlich, Carol Hardy-Fanta and Jamie Ann Sabino (with the Law Center), June 2001.
Alternatives to Incarceration for Substance-Abusing Female Defendants/Offenders in Massachusetts, 1996-1998, by Carol Hardy-Fanta and Sylvia Mignon, October 2000.
Latina Women in Politics, by Lisa Montoya, L., Carol Hardy-Fanta, and Sonia Garcia. PS: Political Science and Politics, Special Symposium Issue on Latino Politics, 33(3) September 2000.
Making Family Leave More Affordable in Massachusetts: The Temporary Disability Insurance Model: A Policy Brief, by Jillian Dickert, August 1999.
Welfare Reform and Barriers to Work in Massachusetts: A Policy Brief, by Susan Pachikara, November 1998.
A Latino Gender Gap? Evidence from the 1996 Election, by Carol Hardy-Fanta, Milenio, No. 2, February 2000.
Latino Electoral Campaigns in Massachusetts--the Impact of Gender, by Carol Hardy-Fanta (with the Gaston Institute)(1997).
Opportunities and Dilemmas for Women Elected Officials in Massachusetts, by Elizabeth Sherman and Susan Rohrbach, December 1996.
Fact Sheets and Statistical Profiles
Ransford, Paige and Miriam Lazewatsky. 2008. Women’s Municipal Leadership in Massachusetts.(March). Fact sheet. Download
Women and Pensions in Massachusetts, by Ellen Bruce, A CWPPP Fact Sheet, August 2002.
Who's in Charge? Appointments of Women to Policymaking Offices and Boards in Massachusetts, by Carol Hardy-Fanta. A CWPPP Fact Sheet, September 2002.
Mass Action West Profile of Women and Girls, (with Mass Action for Women), Winter 2001.
Area Metropolitana de Boston; Perfil de las Mujeres y las Ninas (with Mass Action for Women), Invierno de 2001.
Southeastern Profile of Women and Girls (with Mass Action for Women), Winter 2001.
Greater Boston Profile of Women and Girls (with Mass Action for Women), Winter 2000.
Political Profile of Women in Massachusetts, (with the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus), October 1997.
Economic Profile of Women in Massachusetts, by Randy Albelda, 1995.
Occasional Papers, Monographs, & Books
Latino Politics in Massachusetts: Struggles, Strategies and Prospects, ed. Carol Hardy-Fanta with Jeffrey Gerson. New York: Routledge, 2002.
Gender Politics: Progress for Paid Family Leave in Massachusetts, by Elizabeth A. Sherman, New England Journal of Public Policy (forthcoming).
Comparable Worth Policy: Opportunities for Gender and Racial Equality, by Elizabeth Sherman, Women's Policy Journal of Harvard, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Vol. 1, Summer 2001.
Not for Lack of Trying: The Struggle Over Welfare Reform in Massachusetts, 1992-1998, by Ann Withorn with Carol Hardy-Fanta, March 1999.
Collision Course? Massachusetts Families and the Economy at the Crossroads, compiled and edited by Randy Albelda, Diane D'Arrigo and Phyllis Freeman, June 1996.
Directory of Latino Candidates in Massachusetts, 1968-1994, by Carol Hardy-Fanta (with the Gaston Institute), June 1996.
Speaking from Experience; a Handbook of Successful Strategies by and for Latino Candidates in Massachusetts, by Carol Hardy-Fanta (with the Gaston Institute), 1996.
Latina Politics, Latino Politics: Gender, Culture and Political Participation in Boston, by Carol Hardy-Fanta. Philadelphia: Temple Univ. Press, 1993.
Alumni Jane Waldfogel '89 of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy was recently quoted in a New York Times article, "Bleak Portrait of Poverty Is Off the Mark, Experts Say." Waldfogel' year in the WPPP program led her to a Ph.D. in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government and to her current position as a professor of social work and public affairs at Columbia University.
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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.