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IGP Women's Initiative

IGP’s Women’s Initiative harnesses the targeted focus of a dedicated think tank with the breadth and power of a world-class research university to develop local to global policy solutions that advance women’s full and equal participation in society.

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In a workshop hosted by IGP, students worked with SIPA alumnae and World Bank experts on the process of developing indicators that make up the annual World Bank's Women, Business, and the Law Report


SIPA alumnae, joined by Tea Trumbic, manager at the World Bank’s Women, Business and the Law project, presented the findings of the 10th annual Women, Business, and the Law Report and led a Q&A with students on global gender inequality.

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SIPA's Urban and Social Policy concentration and IGP convened Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Dean Keren Yarhi-Milo, Professor Ester Fuchs, and NYC Council Members to discuss day care, after-school care and how the Council is advancing affordability, access, and economic security for child care workers.

What We Do

Research and Policy Solutions

We engage top Columbia faculty and scholars pursuing related interests and pair faculty with IGP Distinguished Fellows to develop strategic research projects and innovative policy solutions in key areas of focus.


We bring together experts to raise awareness and address the most pressing issues affecting women and girls, engaging faculty, students, and alumni from across the university. 


We forge partnerships to amplify our research and policy solutions, engage with local to global policymakers, and promote our work to the public.

IGPs Women’s Initiative develops evidence-based strategies to advance gender equality in the United States and around the world.  Drawing on the expertise of affiliated faculty from across Columbia University, the Womens Initiative takes a comparative, cross-disciplinary approach to make unparalleled impact through research and policy solutions, convenings, and partnerships. 

Our Areas of Focus

Women’s Economic Opportunity

We develop policy and research to improve women’s economic participation and promote growth, including by strengthening care infrastructure, eliminating the gender wage and wealth gap, and promoting women’s access to jobs in the industries of the future.

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Michelle Bechelet

Women’s Health

We develop policy and research to improve women’s access to high-quality, affordable health care, including reproductive health and rights, addressing the maternal mortality and morbidity crisis, and understanding the health impact of climate change on women and girls. 

Women’s Safety and Security

We develop policy and research to prevent and address gender-based violence wherever it occurs, both on- and offline, and promote security by increasing women’s participation in peace and security processes.

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A panel on“Women Shaping Diplomacy” was one of the Summit’s highlights. [photo: Shahar Azran]

Women’s Leadership, Democracy, and Human Rights

We develop policy and research to close the gender gap in leadership, strengthen democracy through women’s political and civic participation, and advance human rights and gender equality under the law.

Hillary Rodham Clinton

“In big ways and small, the unfinished business of the 21st century is the full equality of women.” 

- Hillary Rodham Clinton, Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; 67th Secretary of State and former Senator from New York; IGP Faculty Advisory Board Chair

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