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  “The Center has an extraordinary commitment to women’s rights and justice, a vision for the future, and an ability to move the women’s agenda forward."
- Honorable Connie Morella

former Member of Congress, former US Ambassador to the OECD


The Center for Women Policy Studies was founded in 1972 as the first feminist policy analysis and research institution in the USA

Our mission today is what it was then – to shape public policy to improve women’s lives and preserve women’s human rights.

For more than three decades, the Center has brought the voices and needs of women and girls to major public policy debates on such issues as:  equal credit opportunity, educational equity, violence against women and girls, welfare reform, work/family balancing and workplace diversity policies, reproductive rights and health, the women’s HIV/AIDS epidemic, access to health care for low income women, and much more.

The Center is a unique resource for progressive public policy and social change.  The Center is respected by policy makers, academics, and advocates worldwide for our reliable research, in-depth policy analysis, and astute advocacy.

A hallmark of our work is the multiethnic feminist lens through which we view all issues affecting women and girls.  Our programs consider the combined impact of gender, race, ethnicity, class, age, disability, and sexual orientation.