Suffrage parade in Boston, 1914. Photo courtesy of the Women's Rights Collection, Schlesinger LibrarySuffrage parade in Boston, 1914. Photo courtesy of the Women's Rights Collection, Schlesinger Library

The Long March for Suffrage

Radcliffe project marks 19th Amendment centennial while focusing on the women who would not be fully enfranchised for decades more.

Harvard Law School Honors Ginsburg

Rurth Bader Ginsburg was, Radcliffe Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin said, a “tremendous intellect, a courageous human being, and a giant of the law.”

A white stork with a solar GPS tag. Photo by Renate Herz (C)A white stork with a solar GPS tag. Photo by Renate Herz (C)

Where the Wild Things Are—Now That Humans Are Locked Down

Christian Rutz RI '20 and other researchers are examining human impact on wildlife using data collected during the pandemic quarantine.

This fall, Professor Tiya Miles will teach "Abolitionist Women and Their World," a course in public history. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerThis fall, Professor Tiya Miles will teach "Abolitionist Women and Their World," a course in public history. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

Crowd-sourcing the Story of a People

Radcliffe Professor Tiya Miles discusses why she believes a better understanding of the past is as likely to be found in a formal archive, a national park, or a conversation with an elderly relative as it is in the classroom.

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Summer of X

We asked members of the 2020–2021 fellowship class to introduce themselves by way of a recent preoccupation. Their answers suggest minds rarely at rest, even in summer.

Participants in the weeklong Summer of HOPE workshop shared a "check-out" word at the end of each session.Participants in the weeklong Summer of HOPE workshop shared a "check-out" word at the end of each session.

Social Change Takes Center Stage at 2020 Summer of HOPE

The meaning of justice in health care, the environment, and race relations has been at the center of the national conversation the past several months. These issues informed and animated the Summer of HOPE program at the Radcliffe Institute.

Historic figures who played prominent roles in the fight for equality: Anna Murray-Douglass (ca. 1860) (from left), Marcus Garvey with Amy Jacques Garvey (1922), and Elizabeth Freeman (1812). Source: All images Wikipedia/Public Domain; Freeman photo courtesy of Massachusetts Historical Society, BostonHistoric figures who played prominent roles in the fight for equality: Anna Murray-Douglass (ca. 1860) (from left), Marcus Garvey with Amy Jacques Garvey (1922), and Elizabeth Freeman (1812). Source: All images Wikipedia/Public Domain; Freeman photo courtesy of Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston

Defining a Centennial

Panel discusses what happened in the years before Black women actually got the vote.

Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerPhoto by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer

How Caffeine Changed the World

Author Michael Pollan discusses his latest work on the world’s most-used psychoactive substance.

Protesters march against sexual assault and harassment in November 2017 in Hollywood. AP Photo/Damian DovarganesProtesters march against sexual assault and harassment in November 2017 in Hollywood. AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

Challenge of Archiving the #MeToo Movement

The Schlesinger Library's new online collection contains more than 32 million tweets, 1,100 webpages, and thousands of articles reflecting a range of perspectives.

Photo by Stephen VossPhoto by Stephen Voss

Teaching Children to Be Antiracist

Scholar Ibram X. Kendi, an incoming Radcliffe Institute fellow, talks about his new picture book and how to start conversations about racism with children.

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Police Reform in the Spotlight

Radcliffe panel explores the nation’s history of policing, what it will take to overhaul a system seen as rife with misconduct and racism, and how America is failing to live up to its democratic beliefs.

Tomiko Brown-Nagin. Photo by Rose Lincoln, Harvard Staff PhotographerTomiko Brown-Nagin. Photo by Rose Lincoln, Harvard Staff Photographer

Equal Justice Requires Lawmakers Reform Qualified Immunity for Police

The degree of clarity that courts require to permit suits for civil rights violations to proceed is excessive to the point of absurdity.

Bunting Institute fellows. Photo by Olive PierceBunting Institute fellows. Photo by Olive Pierce

A Room of One’s Own

The Equivalents follows Anne Sexton, Maxine Kumin, Tillie Olsen, Barbara Swan, and Marianna Pineda through the birth of the Radcliffe Institute and the modern women’s movement.

A roadside sign asks for justice for George Floyd, whose killing by Minneapolis police set off protests worldwide. Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard staff photographerA roadside sign asks for justice for George Floyd, whose killing by Minneapolis police set off protests worldwide. Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard staff photographer

Facing the Denial of American Racism

The Radcliffe Institute hosted “Naming Racism,” a discussion focused on identifying the historic and ongoing social roots of racism denial, and strategies for raising awareness.

The artwork, "Love and Revolution,"  revolutionary graffiti at Saleh Selim Street on the island of Zamalek, Cairo, was photographed by Hossam el-Hamalawy on Oct. 23, 2011.The artwork, "Love and Revolution," revolutionary graffiti at Saleh Selim Street on the island of Zamalek, Cairo, was photographed by Hossam el-Hamalawy on Oct. 23, 2011.

Nonviolent Resistance Proves Potent Weapon

Radcliffe Professor Erica Chenoweth's research suggests that nonviolent civil resistance is far more successful in creating broad-based change than violent campaigns.

2020–2021 Radcliffe Institute Fellows

Radcliffe Institute Announces 2020–2021 Fellowship Class

The incoming class includes a cartoonist developing a health care–themed comic book; an astronomer interrogating the mysteries of cosmic acceleration; and a poet whose new collection will elevate the experiences of black women.

Millions of Americans have lost their jobs in the COVID-19 era. Photo credit RyanKing999Millions of Americans have lost their jobs in the COVID-19 era. Photo credit RyanKing999

An Economic Emergency

“A substantial share of those currently on temporary layoff are likely to become permanent job losers. We need to plan for this,” says Harvard economist Lawrence F. Katz.

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Ideas for Flattening the Hunger Curve

“There is no question that COVID-19 will drive food insecurity into the mainstream,” says Harvard public health policy researcher Sara Bleich.

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Eclipsed by Virus, Addiction Still Shadows the Land

"COVID-19 detrimentally impacts people with addiction and people in pain, making vulnerable people even more vulnerable," says sociologist Liz Chiarello.

Voters observe social distancing guidelines as they wait in line to cast ballots in the presidential primary election in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 7, 2020. Image source: AP Photo/Morry Gash FileVoters observe social distancing guidelines as they wait in line to cast ballots in the presidential primary election in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 7, 2020. Image source: AP Photo/Morry Gash File

Health of Democracy Faces Daunting Test

Historian Liette Gidlow RI '20 speaks on the tension between in-person voting and public health as American states scramble to adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A deserted 23rd Street, in Manhattan's Flatiron District. Credit: Alex PotemkinA deserted 23rd Street, in Manhattan's Flatiron District. Credit: Alex Potemkin

How to Build a Better World

Esra Akcan RI '20, a professor in Cornell's Department of Architecture, answers questions as part of a series on the wide-ranging effects of COVID-19.

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The Fraught Promise of Digital Remedies

As the COVID-19 pandemic has thrust many of our activities into cyberspace, Fran Berman RI ’20 discusses the need for comprehensive privacy protections, better security standards, and a national discussion about when surveillance is acceptable.

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In Prisons, a Looming Coronavirus Crisis

Harvard experts, including Radcliffe's Tomiko Brown-Nagin and Kaia Stern, warn of rapid spread amid crowded conditions and large numbers of older inmates with chronic conditions.

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The Pandemic's Unequal Toll

The Radcliffe Institute hosted an online discussion with Mary T. Bassett and Khalil Gibran Muhammad about the disproportionate toll of COVID-19 on poorer Americans and communities of color.

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COVID-19 Targets Communities of Color

Camara Jones RI '20 and other Harvard specialists say the pandemic exacerbates longstanding inequities in American society.

"As a scholar of law, inequality, and the long Civil Rights movement, I am deeply interested in issues related to slavery and its legacy," said Tomiko Brown-Nagin, who will lead the committee. Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer"As a scholar of law, inequality, and the long Civil Rights movement, I am deeply interested in issues related to slavery and its legacy," said Tomiko Brown-Nagin, who will lead the committee. Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer

A Renewed Focus on Slavery

A new University-wide initiative deepening the exploration of Harvard’s historical ties to enslavement is difficult but vital work, says the program chair, Radcliffe Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin.