The Center for Research on Gender and Women (CRGW) was established in 1977 as part of the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, to advance knowledge about gender and women both in the US and globally. The Center hosts the Wittig Postdoctoral Fellowship in Feminist Biology. It sponsors competitions for research funds and awards, hosts visiting scholars, builds institutional partnerships on and off campus, and publishes a weekly e-bulletin. In addition to its colloquium series, the Center for Research on Gender and Women organizes campus events, including lectures, workshops, and conferences, featuring campus, national, and international speakers.
Over the years, the CRGW has sponsored projects on transnational feminism and women’s movements, gender and citizenship, gender equity training, women and human rights, internationalizing the curriculum, and mainstreaming gender and ethnicity into the curriculum. Currently the Center has two major initiatives: Feminist Biology, and Sexual Violence Research.
Funded by an estate gift from the late Dr. Gertraude Wittig, who was herself a biologist, the Feminist Biology Initiative has two components: the Wittig Postdoctoral Fellowship in Feminist Biology, and the biannual Wisconsin Symposium on Feminist Biology.
The Center for Care Initiative grows from a two-year Borghesi-Mellon Grant made possible by the UW Madison Center for Humanities. We take an interdisciplinary approach to addressing the challenges of care work, offering innovative connections between the humanities, the social sciences, policy studies, STEM disciplines, and health sciences -- supporting emerging practices toward more livable futures.
Learn more about the Sexual Violence Research Initiative launched by UW-Madison and housed in the Center for Research on Gender and Women. The Initiative involves hiring 3 new faculty, funded by the cluster hiring program. Together, they launched the Sexual Violence Research Initiative.