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Spelman College Women's Research and Resource Center

Women's Research & Resource Center (WRRC)

A pioneer in teaching, research, and advocacy, the Women’s Research and Resource Center (WRRC) nurtures our students' critical thinking about many issues, including human rights, healthcare, and leadership development. By raising $1 million to match the Ford Foundation's million-dollar challenge grant, Spelman was able to advance the Center's pioneering work in teaching and research.

Our History

In 1981, Spelman was awarded a grant from the Charles Stuart Mott Foundation to establish the Women’s Research and Resource Center. The goal was to provide an academic unit of the College that focused on curriculum development in Women’s Studies, research by and about women of African descent, and community outreach.

The Women’s Research and Resource Center is the first women’s research center at a historically Black college and the first one to offer a women’s studies major. Over the course of its 35-year history, with sustained support from the Ford Foundation, the Center has facilitated faculty and student leadership development; collaborated with other departments/programs on and off campus to establish new courses (most recently Black queer studies) that address issues of gender and race; established international linkages with universities outside the U.S. to increase their capacity to promote faculty and student development; and hosted a number of events that explore the lives of African and African-descended women in a variety of cultural contexts.


'Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart' Film Screening & Discussion

Monday, April 23, 2018 | 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Sisters Chapel
  • GPS: 440 Westview Drive
  • Atlanta, GA 30310


Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart screening Join the Women's Research and Resource Center for a documentary film screening of "Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart" followed by a discussion with filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain.

"Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart" is the first feature documentary about Lorraine Hansberry, the visionary playwright who authored the groundbreaking "A Raisin in the Sun." An overnight sensation, the play transformed the American theater and has long been considered a classic, yet the remarkable story of the playwright faded from view. With this documentary, filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain resurrects the Lorraine Hansberry we have forgotten—a passionate artist, committed activist and sought-after public intellectual who waged an outspoken and defiant battle against injustice in 20th-century America. The film reveals Hansberry’s prescient works tackling race, human rights, women’s equality and sexuality that anticipated social and political movements on the horizon.

This event is free and open to the public.

"The TCB School of Organizing" Screening and Dialogue

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 | 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

  • TBA
  • 350 Spelman Lane
  • Atlanta , GA

Join the Spelman College Women's Research and Resource Center for a special screening of "The TCB School of Organizing," a documentary film about Toni Cade Bambara. The screening will be followed by a dialogue with filmmaker Louis Massiah.

About the Filmmaker
Louis Massiah is a documentary filmmaker who addresses important but often-neglected subjects with integrity, insight, and artistry. Massiah's producing and directing credits include Trash (1985), The Bombing of Osage Avenue (1986), Cecil B. Moore (1987), W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices (1995), and more.

Massiah is also known for Eyes on the Prize (1987), American Experience (1988), and W.E.B. ... 2008 American Experience (TV Series documentary) (producer - 2 episodes) ... DuBois: A Biography in Four Voices. He has been an artist-in-residence and on faculty at City College of New York, Princeton University, Ithaca College, and others. 



IWPR Releases First Ever Status of Women in the South Report at Spelman

On February 25, 2016, ahead of Super Tuesday, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and the Women’s Research and Resource Center at Spelman College hosted an event to release the first ever Status of Women in the South report in Atlanta.

The report grades each of the 14 southern states in six topic areas related women’s political, economic, health and social status. The event focused on the economic and political power of women in the South, with a particular focus on women of color. Panelists and presenters discussed report findings and delved into the broad themes of power and diversity, reflecting on the pace of progress, the implications of the data for varying sectors of society, and how leaders and the public can catalyze change.

See photos and highlights of the event and speakers on Facebook and Storify.


Beverly Guy-Sheftall on Makers.comSee Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Ph.D., C'66, discuss the development of the Women's Center on, a digital platform produced by filmmakers Dyllan McGee, Betsy West, and Peter Kunhardt, developed by AOL, showcasing hundreds of compelling stories from women of today and tomorrow.

This historic video initiative features exclusive access to trailblazing women – both known and unknown.


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Comparative Women's Studies
The Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center, 2nd Floor

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