After graduating from American University’s School of International Service with a Masters of Arts in International Relations, Elyse Shaw joined IWPR as the Special Assistant to the President and Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy in August of 2012. Before joining IWPR, Elyse’s graduate work focused on the intersection of Gender and post-conflict Peacebuilding, leading her to write a thesis analyzing the impact and implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, which was enacted to both increase gender awareness in peacebuilding efforts as well as increase women’s participation in negotiations and post-conflict development. Elyse is excited to join the IWPR team where she will be able to further explore her interest in women’s issues and women’s political participation in the US and around the world.
Enhancing the Status of Women: How Engaging Women in Leadership Creates a More Inclusive Democracy and Improves Women’s Lives
The Institute for Women’s Policy Research has been at the forefront of research on issues and policies that affect women’s continued participation and leadership in society and politics. Through its analysis of the issues of greatest importance to women in society, IWPR has greatly contributed to social and policy changes. The research done by IWPR in the area of democracy and society across the years has shown the ways in which American society benefits from the advancement of women in leadership positions and women’s increased civic and political engagement. IWPR’s research also highlights policy changes that would help women achieve greater equity. IWPR continues to work both internationally and domestically to provide relevant data on issues of importance to women’s lives and has disseminated its research through various conferences to ensure that advocates and policymakers alike have the tools to enable them to participate in making policy changes that benefit women and their families.