The Center for Research on Women has investigated issues of gender, race, class and social inequality for 30 years. An interdisciplinary unit within the College of Arts & Sciences, this thriving academic center is home to collaborative researchers committed to scholarly excellence and deep community involvement.
The Center is regarded as a national leader in promoting an integrative approach to understanding and addressing inequities in our society. The Center's approach to research, theory and programming emphasizes the structural relationships among race, class, gender, and sexuality, particularly in the U.S. South and among women of color.
This kind of action-oriented, community-based research strengthens the public's understanding of women's experiences and informs local, regional and national public policy.
Locally, CROW has long-running relationships with the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis, Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region, The Urban Child Institute, Choices. (formerly Memphis Center for Reproductive Health), and various governmental agencies. On campus, CROW collaborates with many other departments and centers, including the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, the Department of Anthropology, African and African American Studies, the Department of History and the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change. CROW continues to host visiting scholars, women's research forums and academic networking events, as well as community issue forums.