Barnard Center for Research on Women

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Barnard Center for Research on Women
Formation 1971 (1971)
Key people
Tina Campt, Director
Avi Cummings, Program and Media Manager
Hope Dector, Creative Director

BCRW image from 40th Anniversary celebration

The Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) is a "well-recognized nexus of feminist thought, activism, and collaboration for scholars and activists alike".[1] Since its founding in 1971, BCRW has promoted women's and social justice issues to its local communities at Barnard College and within New York City. It is a member organization of The National Council for Research on Women.[2]


The Women's Center opened in the fall of 1971.[3] According to its founding charter, the aim of the Women's Center was "to assure that women can live and work in dignity, autonomy, and equality ... to encourage the open sharing of knowledge and experience, it seeks to increase ties among diverse groups of women".[3] Catharine R. Stimson served as the chairwomen of the task force that created the Women's Center and was its first acting director.[4] Jane S. Gould was appointed acting director in 1972 and permanent director in 1973.[3]


Since 1974, BCRW has hosted the annual Scholar and Feminist conference, including the 1982 Barnard Conference on Sexuality.[3]


  1. ^ Barnard Center for Research on Women. "About". Barnard College. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Barnard Center for Research on Women". National Council for Research on Women. Archived from the original on 1 November 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d Gould, Jane S. (1997). Juggling: A Memoir of Work, Family, and Feminism. New York: Feminist Press at The City University of New York. ISBN 1-55861-172-X. 
  4. ^ Brozan, Nadine (April 23, 1993). "Celebrating Barnard's women's center before a conference on women and political power". New York Times. p. B8. 

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