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  • Creating opportunities for women and building a more equitable world.

    The Women’s Institute was created to respond to the contemporary and evolving cultural landscape of the 21st century while honoring Russell Sage College’s century-long dedication to women’s empowerment.

    In Fall 2020, The Women’s Institute at Russell Sage College began offering public programs, panels, conferences and community partnerships — with a focus on constructive dialogue about contemporary women’s issues.

    The institute also promotes women’s leadership and gender inclusivity through a student-learning community with women-only housing and expanded curricular opportunities.

    The Women’s Institute at Russell Sage College opened September 2020 with a symposium on the centennial of women’s suffrage.

    Director of the Living and Learning Community

    Professor of Sociology Michelle Napierski-Prancl teaches sociology and women’s studies courses, directs the Sociology program and has served as director of the Helen M. Upton Center for Women’s Studies. Her research focuses on gender, work, family, media and popular culture. Her book, Mothers Work: Confronting the Mommy Wars, Raising Children and Working for Social Change was published in 2019 by Rowman & Littlefield.

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    Interim Director of The Women’s Institute
    Director of the Living and Learning Community