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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.


  • Danyelle R. Carter C'2017: A Women and Girls Activist

    April 2017

    Danyelle Carter Toni Cade Bambara Scholar-Activist Danyelle R. Carter is a graduating senior who is studying comparative women's studies with a concentration in girls. During her time at Spelman, the Miami resident and Bahamian citizen, served as president of the Black Public Relations Student Society, and campus leader for the United Nations Foundation's Girl Up Initiative, and a Women of Excellence participant.   

    Named the HBCU Female Student of the Year by HBCU Digest, she became the first woman to rank no. 1 on the 2015 HBCU Buzz's Top 30 Under 30. She was also named the Black Women's Blueprint's 2016 grand prize winner in the #BrokenSilence Student Activism Contest in 2016.

    Making An Impact on Capitol Hill: From Fellow to Press Assistant

    Carter's introduction and passion for public policy began when she first met Florida Senator Frederica S. Wilson. Carter says Senator Wilson empowered her when she spoke to a group of students to find a cause they cared about and work passionately to serve the people it impacts. Since then, Carter has served on student leadership and community volunteer teams for education, immigration and efforts that increase support for women and girls. 

    Volunteering and Interning to Give Back, Gain Experience and Fulfill her Dream

    A committed community advocate, Carter volunteered on former Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards's Senate campaign, curated press clips, canvassed and phone banking, and worked with the National Organization of Black Legislative Women. For this project, she created a media list, drafted invitation letters, press releases, media advisories, managed social media and live streaming efforts.

    Soaring On Her Own: A Dream Fulfilled

    Today, Carter serves as founder and principal of "Her Communications Agency," a think tank committed to advancing the lives of women and girls. A key part of the agency's mission is to offer empowerment along with scholarly resources that gives women and girls the inspiring combination of support Carter found in Spelman's Women's Research and Resource Center.

Reflections on the Black Panther Party at 50: Elaine Brown with Beverly Guy-Sheftall

Beverly Guy Sheftall Reflects on Black Panther PartyThe James Weldon Johnson Institute at Emory University hosted a public conversation commemorating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense.

The dialogue reflects upon the Party’s legacy in ongoing struggles for racial justice, and honors Black women’s leadership in the Black power movement. Featured guest Elaine Brown, legendary activist and former chairperson of the Black Panther Party, is joined by Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Ph.D.,chair of the Women's Research & Resource Center/Comparative Women's Studies, Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women's Studies, in this powerful one-on-one conversation. View the Video


The Making of Brave

Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall  editor of "All the Blacks are Men, All the Women are White, But Some of Us are Brave" gives her lecture titled, "The Making of Brave," at the Black Women in the Ivory Tower Conference on March 5, 2009 in Trayes Hall at Rutgers University. View it here.


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.


A Conversation with Gloria Steinem and bell hooks

November 2015
Steinem joined renowned feminist, journalist, and social and political activist bell hooks to discuss her new memoir, “My Life on the Road.” 

The book captures the breadth and depth of Steinem's life, as well as the rich tapestry of the women’s movement and its many important threads. The co-founder of Ms. magazine, Steinem became nationally recognized as a leader and spokeswoman for the feminist movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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