puts vital information on key issues affecting women into the hands
of policy-makers in the form of reports and facts sheets that are prepared
by WREI staff or outside scholars. Family leave policies in the U.S.
and abroad, housing, access to health care, women's employment, and
women in the military are some of the issues and projects currently
on WREI's research agenda.
Through our current
issues and projects, WREI provides timely conferences, symposia, and
briefings that bring researchers and policy-makers, women's advocates,
and interested others together to learn and share their knowledge.
WREI's sources are
among the nation's best, and include research and policy centers throughout
the country where scholars are conducting cutting-edge research on a host
of issues concerning women.
Fellowships on Women and Public Policy
WREI identifies and trains new leaders through its Congressional
Fellowship program, which is open to graduate students with strong
academic skills and a proven commitment to equity for women. Established
in 1980, this program enhances the research capacity of Congressional
offices, especially with respect to legislation's implications for
women, and has given scores of promising women hands-on experience
in the federal legislative process.
American Woman Series
WREI produces The American Woman, a series of comprehensive
reports on the current status of women in the U.S. Published every
other year, The American Woman draws together and analyzes
the most up-to-date data available about progress and setbacks for
women in virtually every aspect of their lives. The American
Woman attracts extensive media attention and has been widely
praised; "highly recommended" by Library Journal.
in the Military
Since 1989, WREI has monitored the status of women in the U.S. armed
forces and produces a biennial report and holds biennial conferences
to examine the roles and responsibilities of females in all uniformed
professions, including firefighting, policing, and peacekeeping.
the Dots... Women, Religion, and Public Policy
Women leaders in religious institutions joins feminists in public
policy and academe to discuss issues issues affecting women's
WREI began Crossing Borders in 2002 to examine the effects of US
immigration law and policy on women in America, especially in issues
of citizenship and refugee status. The research revealed that females
dominate many of the legal and illegal categories of immigration.
Analyzing the past and present of US immigration, Crossing Borders
seeks new ways of defining citizenship and the policy surrounding
A project of the Feminist Press of the City University of New York,
Women Writing Africa is a literary venture producing a series of
regional anthologies of African women's writing. A landmark project
of cultural reclamation, this project brings the voices of African
women to readers around the globe. WREI is the base for Washington
promotion and programs in the Women Writing Africa project.
Women's health and policies to improve it have been a focus of WREI's
work for a quarter-century. Among recent health reports are Improving
the Health of Midlife Women: Policy Options for the 21st Century
(2001) and Women's Health Insurance Costs and Experiences