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Study Investigates Factors Leading to Perinatal Suicide in the United States

Study Investigates Factors Leading to Perinatal Suicide in the United States

Perinatal suicide, a leading cause of death among pregnant women and new mothers, is especially prominent in the United States compared to other developed countries. A new study has found mothers who die from perinatal suicide were more likely to experience mental health disorders, substance abuse, and intimate partner violence.

American Medical Association Advocates for More Women and Gender Minority Populations in Clinical Trials

American Medical Association Advocates for More Women and Gender Minority Populations in Clinical Trials

“The lack of participation of women and SGM in clinical trials has clear impacts on the care these populations receive. Despite changes in the regulatory environment, inequities in clinical trial participation and outcomes persist today,” said American Medical Association board member, Dr. Toluwalase Ajayi.

In Memoriam: Margaret Jane Slaughter, 1941-2024

In Memoriam: Margaret Jane Slaughter, 1941-2024

Dr. Slaughter served as a professor of history at the University of New Mexico for over 40 years. During her tenure, she also served as an administrative leader and published extensively on women’s history and gender studies.

Leymah Gbowee Recruited by Melinda Gates to Advance Women’s Health and Well-Being

Leymah Gbowee Recruited by Melinda Gates to Advance Women’s Health and Well-Being

Dr. Gbowee serves as executive director of the Institute on Gender, Law, and Transformative Peace at the City University of New York. The Institute serves as a hub for cross-sectoral, cross-movement, and transnational organizing, research, and scholarship.

Myra Marx Ferree Receives the 2024 Harvard University Centennial Medal

Myra Marx Ferree Receives the 2024 Harvard University Centennial Medal

The Harvard Centennial Medal is awarded annually to Harvard University graduate alumni who have made significant contributions to society. Over the past 50 years, Dr. Ferree has conducted extensive research on gender studies in both American and European contexts.

Mississippi University for Women Approved to Establish New Women's College

Mississippi University for Women Approved to Establish New Women’s College

The new Women’s College at Mississippi University for Women will provide its students, regardless of their major, with a curriculum centered around women’s studies.

Women's Comprehensive Health and Research Center Established at the Cleveland Clinic

Women’s Comprehensive Health and Research Center Established at the Cleveland Clinic

The new center at the Cleveland Clinic will provide specialty care tailored to areas and conditions that are specific to middle aged and elder women. The initiative will also focus on advancing education and research into women’s healthcare.

University of St. Thomas in Texas Launches Catholic Gender Studies Graduate Certificate and Degree

University of St. Thomas in Texas Launches Catholic Gender Studies Graduate Certificate and Degree

In the fall 2024 semester, the University of St. Thomas Houston will launch a graduate certificate in sexuality and gender, as well as a master’s degree in Catholic women’s and gender studies. Both programs will focus on the intersection of Catholicism and the field of gender studies.

Georgetown University Launches Women, Peace, and Security Conflict Tracker

Georgetown University Launches Women, Peace, and Security Conflict Tracker

The Women, Peace, and Security Conflict Tracker aims to address global armed conflict, protect women from violence, and include women in conflict resolution efforts.

The Women's Resource Center at Swarthmore College Renamed to Gender & Sexuality Center

The Women’s Resource Center at Swarthmore College Renamed to Gender & Sexuality Center

“Together, we strive to build a transformative campus environment that celebrates diversity, promotes understanding, and advocates for a more equitable and inclusive future for all students, including women, gender non-conforming, trans, and queer students,” said Paige Jennings, director of the Swarthmore College Gender & Sexuality Center.

University of Montana Partners with Wells Fargo to Establish Rural Entrepreneurship Program for Women

University of Montana Partners with Wells Fargo to Establish Rural Entrepreneurship Program for Women

The newly established Rural Entrepreneurship And Leadership Co-Lab for Women at the University of Montana will research the challenges of women entrepreneurs in rural communities with support from Wells Fargo.

Center for Global Women's Health and Gender Equity Established at Johns Hopkins University

Center for Global Women’s Health and Gender Equity Established at Johns Hopkins University

The new center, led by School of Public Health professor Michele Decker, aims to address global gender inequity through the collaborative research of Johns Hopkins faculty and students, as well as scholars from around the world.

New Collaborative Launches Long-Term Study of Women's Health

New Collaborative Launches Long-Term Study of Women’s Health

The National Institutes of Health, Apple, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have announced a research partnership for a major long-term study of women’s health. The collaboration will permit researchers to study conditions including pregnancy, infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome, menopausal transition, and osteoporosis.

Report Finds That 92 Percent of Grades in Women's Studies Courses at Yale Are in the A Range

Report Finds That 92 Percent of Grades in Women’s Studies Courses at Yale Are in the A Range

A new report authored by Ray Fair a professor of economics at Yale University documents grade inflation for undergraduate students at the university.

More "Hidden Figures" Discovered at the University of Chicago

More “Hidden Figures” Discovered at the University of Chicago

Researchers at the University of Chicago have identified more than 100 women who worked at the Yerkes Observatory in Wisconsin in the early 20th century. In an era when few women were able to be professional scientists, these women performed astronomical observations, analyzed data, and published papers.

University of North Carolina Partners With Nagoya University in Japan in Cybersecurity Program

University of North Carolina Partners With Nagoya University in Japan in Cybersecurity Program

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Nagoya University in Japan have established the Women’s Undergraduate Cybersecurity Engagement Program. The program is organized by the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs and funded by the U.S. Embassy Tokyo Public Affairs Section.

The Ann S. Bowers Women's Brain Health Initiative Debuts at the University of California

The Ann S. Bowers Women’s Brain Health Initiative Debuts at the University of California

The new effort is a brain-imaging consortium whose mission is to close the gender data gap and make neuroscience inclusive — in terms of both who asks the questions and who is served by the answers.

Yale University Scholar to Lead White House's New Women's Health Research Initiative

Yale University Scholar to Lead White House’s New Women’s Health Research Initiative

The new initiative aims to improve women’s health in the United States by accelerating research on the unique health needs of women across their lifespans and therefore fundamentally change how the nation approaches and funds women’s health research.

The National Institutes of Health to Establish Academic Maternal Health Research Centers of Excellence

The National Institutes of Health to Establish Academic Maternal Health Research Centers of Excellence

The centers of excellence include 10 research centers, a data innovation and coordinating hub and an implementation science hub. Together, these institutions will work to design and implement research projects to address the biological, behavioral, environmental, sociocultural and structural factors that affect pregnancy-related complications and deaths.

National Bureau of Economic Research Creates New Working Group on Gender in the Economy

National Bureau of Economic Research Creates New Working Group on Gender in the Economy

The Working Group will take a broad approach to analyzing gender-related disparities in economic outcomes, and in studying how limited access to education, labor market opportunities, formal financial services, along with disempowering social norms and gender-biased laws and institutions, can create them.

University of Texas Establishes the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department

University of Texas Establishes the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department

In 1979, the University of Texas at Austin began offering courses in women’s and gender studies. Now 44 years, later the university has established the women’s, gender, and sexuality studies department. Lisa Moore, the Archibald A. Hill Professor of English at the university, was appointed chair of the department.

University of Connecticut Begins New Women's Leadership Program

University of Connecticut Begins New Women’s Leadership Program

The 12-credit, fully online Emerging Women’s Leadership Online Graduate Certificate is designed for those who have recently completed their bachelor’s degree and wish to better understand organizational change, as well as develop their creative and critical thinking and leadership potential.

Eastern Michigan University to Launch a Bachelor's Degree Program at a Women's Prison

Eastern Michigan University to Launch a Bachelor’s Degree Program at a Women’s Prison

Eastern Michigan University has a long history of engagement with the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility, offering uncredited courses to incarcerated people since 2008 before the federal government restored Pell eligibility for people who are incarcerated. Meghan Lechner has been hired as the director of the College in Prison Program.

New Women's Studies Journal Debuts at Case Western Reserve University

New Women’s Studies Journal Debuts at Case Western Reserve University

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland recently launched the Journal for Women and Gender Centers in Higher Education.

The University of Oklahoma Named the Best Place for Women to Work in the United States

The University of Oklahoma Named the Best Place for Women to Work in the United States

Of all workplaces in the United States with 1,000 or more employees, Forbes magazine found the very best place for women to work was at the University of Oklahoma. Other universities that ranked high in the Forbes survey were the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2nd), the University of South Florida (15th), the University of Virginia (21st), and North Carolina State University (22nd).

New Center for Gender and Sexuality Established at Wayne State University in Detroit

New Center for Gender and Sexuality Established at Wayne State University in Detroit

The new center will provide services in five areas: research, teaching, student services, programming and advocacy, and student engagement. Academically, the center will provide a singular space to unify the many scholars who already conduct this work in their own departments.

License Plate Program Funds Ovarian Cancer Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

License Plate Program Funds Ovarian Cancer Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Alabama is one of only three states that have created a license plate program to fund research on ovarian cancer. Proceeds from each ovarian cancer car tag purchased go directly to the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Division of Gynecologic Oncology to support ovarian cancer research. To date $1.7 million has been raised by the program.

The Rebranding of Women's Studies at Wichita State University in Kansas

The Rebranding of Women’s Studies at Wichita State University in Kansas

The women’s studies department at Wichita State University in Kansas will now be known as the department of women’s, ethnicity, and intersectional studies.

The Far-Reaching Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women

The Far-Reaching Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women

A new study by researchers at the Duke Medical School found that during the pandemic, women aged 20-40 years old in the southern United States experienced an increase in mental health challenges, tighter budgets, and exercised less.

Ohio State University Creates a New Women’s Health Research Program

Ohio State University Creates a New Women’s Health Research Program

Sarah “Sally” Ross Soter and the Soter Foundation are donating $15 million to establish The Sarah Ross Soter Women’s Health Research Program at Ohio State University. The initiative will establish a nation-leading hub for translational research that creates healthier futures for women across their lifespans.

New York Makes a Major Investment to Support Childcare at Public Colleges and Universities

New York Makes a Major Investment to Support Childcare at Public Colleges and Universities

The State University of New York is expanding on-site child care services with $7.6 million for campuses with the greatest demand. The City University of New York is receiving $4.8 million from the state to expand childcare services on campuses that don’t have centers.

Does Using Gender-Neutral Language Impact Stereotypes of Women in Leadership Positions?

Does Using Gender-Neutral Language Impact Stereotypes of Women in Leadership Positions?

A new study led by Allison M.N. Archer of the University of Houston and co-authored by Cindy D. Kam of Vanderbilt University in Nashville examined the effects of using gender-neutral language such as “chair” versus traditional terms such as “chairman.”

Prison Education Programs for Women Likely to Expand Significantly

Prison Education Programs for Women Likely to Expand Significantly

For nearly two decades, prison inmates have not been eligible for federal Pell Grants to finance higher education. But starting with the 2023-2024 school year, people in prison will be eligible to receive Pell grants in the amount of nearly $7,000 per year. Northwestern University is already out to a fast start.

Study Examines the "Parent Penalty" for Women in Academia

Study Examines the “Parent Penalty” for Women in Academia

A new study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madson and the University of Iowa found that 71.3 percent of mothers reported a negative child impact on their academic careers, while only 48.6 percent of fathers indicated so. Among those academics without children, nearly 60 percent of women said that career considerations played a role in their decision not to have children.

Texas Woman's University Debuts a Bachelor's Degree Program in Multicultural Women and Gender Studies

Texas Woman’s University Debuts a Bachelor’s Degree Program in Multicultural Women and Gender Studies

The university already offers a master’s degree, a Ph.D. program, and a graduate certificate program in multicultural women’s and gender studies but until now a bachelor’s degree program has not been offered in the field.