Welcome from the Co-Directors

Dear Community,

Welcome to the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) at the Harvard Kennedy School and a momentous year for WAPPP as it enters its 25th year! Our mission is to advance women and gender equity by equipping leaders and changemakers with rigorous, evidence-based strategies.
We recognize that gender inequality is a structural problem that undermines peace and security, civic engagement, economic productivity, democracy, and the welfare of children and families. We believe that structural problems require structural changes, which involve top-down, systemic solutions and bottom-up empowerment of more diverse generations of leaders and changemakers. Therefore, our work focuses both on the effectiveness of interventions in closing gender gaps and on measuring the impact of increased gender equality and diversity on organizational, societal, and political performance.
We conduct and support research, train leaders across all sectors, and support students’ development to become influential decision-makers around the world. Collaboration with our researchers, partners, and supporters, particularly our Women’s Leadership Board, enhances our impact on public policy and leadership.
As you engage with our research and programs, we hope you are inspired to join us on this journey. For our students, you may be particularly interested in our Gender Course Guide, the “From Harvard Square to the Oval Office” political training program, Professor Bohnet’s spring class on Behavioral Science for Inclusive Organizations, our weekly seminar series hosted by Professor Bowles in the fall, the Gender Action Portal (GAP), and internship opportunities
We are honored to co-direct the Women and Public Policy Program and join an incredible team dedicated to our shared mission of advancing gender equality.
On behalf of the Women and Public Policy Program, welcome!
Iris Bohnet
Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government
Co-Director, Women and Public Policy Program
Hannah Riley Bowles
Roy E. Larsen Senior Lecturer In Public Policy And Management
Co-Director, Women And Public Policy Program
Co-Director, Center For Public Leadership