The Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality and Women is an important resource for fulfilling the University of Pennsylvania’s commitment to interdisciplinarity, diversity and problem-solving at the local, national and global level. Our core and affiliated faculty represent more than 20 departments, programs and schools at Penn, and are national and international leaders in the study of gender, sexuality, and women. In partnership with the Program on Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, our primary mission is to facilitate disciplinary and interdisciplinary feminist scholarship and promote the connections between research and public engagement.
Founded in 1982, the Center provides fellowships for faculty and graduate students, organizes and hosts seminars and conferences, and sponsors lectureships that bring prominent academic, literary, and public figures to campus. The Center draws faculty from humanities and social science departments of the School of Arts and Sciences, as well as from professional schools throughout campus. Our Core Faculty are widely published and compete successfully for national grants and fellowships, including the Guggenheim, the American Council of Learned Societies, The Institute for Advanced Study, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation, among others.
The Center is named for suffragist Alice Paul (Penn Ph.D., 1912) who was the architect of some of the most outstanding political achievements on behalf of women in the 20th century. While a student at the University of Pennsylvania, she joined the National American Women’s Suffrage Association and later became one of the founders of the more militant National Women’s Party. Paul deployed innovative and provocative strategies in the push for women’s right to vote, including a massive march of women up Pennsylvania Avenue and the picketing of the White House by the “Silent Sentinels”. In 1923, after the passage of the 19th Amendment, Paul introduced the first Equal Rights Amendment in Congress. In later decades, Paul worked on the 1964 Civil Rights Act and lobbied for fair employment practices. She continued her fight for women’s rights and the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment until suffering a debilitating stroke in 1974. She died three years later. Learn more about Alice Paul at: http://www.alicepaul.org/who-was-alice-paul/