Highlighting the HKS groups and initiatives centered on women’s issues

Highlighting the HKS groups and initiatives centered on women’s issues

Researchers and professors, student organizations and

publications, an annual student-led conference – there are many HKS faculty,

staff, and students focused on women’s issues and gender equality.

Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP)

The Women and

Public Policy Program (WAPPP) of Harvard Kennedy School advances women and

gender equity in economic opportunity, political participation, and

education by creating knowledge, training leaders, and informing

public policy and organizational practices.

WAPPP’s mission is to equip leaders and changemakers with

rigorous evidence-based strategies to advance women and gender equity. The

program’s research provides evidence-based insights on the role of gender in

shaping economic, political, and social opportunities available to individuals.

WAPPP’s From Harvard Square

to the Oval Office initiative provides a select group of Harvard

graduate students with the training and support they need to ascend in the

electoral process at the local, state, and national levels.

Women’s Caucus

The Women’s

Caucus is a student organization that advocates for gender equity and works

to enhance the personal, academic, and professional development of all women at

HKS (including both trans and cis women), as well as nonbinary members of the

HKS community. The group aims to provide a space for community-building,

mentoring, and networking, while also encouraging HKS-wide engagement on issues

of gender equity and intersectional feminism. Past Women’s Caucus programming

includes a Fireside Chat with Professor Iris Bohnet and professional

development sessions on job negotiations, public speaking, and exercising power

as a woman of color.

W3D: Women in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development


Women in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development aims to elevate the visibility

and impact of women at the Kennedy School interested in pursuing careers in the

fields of security, diplomacy, and development. The group provides an inclusive

network for students seeking to enter or advance within these traditionally

male-dominated fields. W3D has partnered with a powerful Harvard alumni network

of women working in these fields in DC and around the world. Past events

sponsored by W3D include an AMA (Ask Me Anything) with Professor Kathryn

Sikkink, Women in the Military Panel, and Conversation with Conversation with

Alumnae in International Development.

Student Conference: Women in Power

Being held April 23-24, 2022, the annual student-led Women in Power Conference will

bring together speakers and thought leaders to reflect on the theme, “The Power


Gender Policy Journal

The Gender

Policy Journal is a student-run publication at the Harvard Kennedy

School that publishes interdisciplinary work on gender policy, gendered power

dynamics, and gender-based systems of oppression, including patriarchy and

white supremacy. The Gender Policy Journal was originally founded in 2001 as

the Women’s Policy Journal and was revived in 2017 after a 5-year hiatus before

being re-named in 2021.