April 26-27: "Contested Responses To Gender Inequalities," Yale Law School
Last Spring, the Yale Women Faculty Forum and the Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women’s Rights at Yale Law School held the conference “Parity as Practice: The Politics of Equality,” in order to examine the practices of parity in various domains. This year’s conference, “Contested Responses to Gender Inequalities,” advanced the focus of that initial conversation by examining comparative legal frameworks and theories of equality in a few specific contexts—such as the academy and the corporation— in which efforts are underway to address inequalities.
The conference was co-hosted by the Women Faculty Forum and the Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women's Rights with support from the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund.
April 24: Laura Wexler Delivers "Knowing" Series Lecture
On April 24 at 4:00 pm in Luce Hall Auditorium, Laura Wexler delivered a lecture on " 'In Order to Form a More Perfect Likeness:' Frederick Douglass, Photography, and the Image of the Nation." The famous abolitionist Frederick Douglass was one of the earliest and most trenchant theorists of photography. This lecture explored his ideas about photography with reference to the Civil War and to the future of the post-war nation.
Professor Wexler's talk was co-sponsored by the Departments of American Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. The lecture was the last talk given this year in the WFF's year-long interdisciplinary lecture series, "Knowing."
April 22: Susan Faludi Gives WFF-Poynter Lecture
On April 22 at 4:00 pm in LC 102, Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Susan Faludi gave a talk entitled, "Is Feminism a Dysfunctional Family? Mothers, Sisters, Facebook Friends, and Other Difficult Relations." The talk explored inter-generational feminist legacies, as well as how the tropes of "motherhood" and "sisterhood" are used in media representations of feminism. The WFF was thrilled to co-host this lecture, which garnered a large and engaged audience.
Susan Faludi is the bestselling author of Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women. A former reporter for The Wall Street Journal, she has written for many publications, including The New Yorker, Harper’s, The New York Times, and the Nation. She is also the author of Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man, and, most recently, The Terror Dream: Myth and Misogyny in an Insecure America.
"Act Like a Leader": Shana Ross Leadership Workshop
The WFF held its last "Act Like a Leader" workshop of the year on Monday, April 15 from 9:00 am to noon at Steinbach Lounge. The workshop, taught by Shana Ross, explores the art of improvisation. Punctuated by discussion of current research in creativity, it throws participants into a series of exercises used by actors, directors and improvisational comedians to train their creative “muscles.” Goals include finding an appreciation for unconventional thought and identifying when such “outside the box” thinking is most productive in a professional setting.
WFF Public Voices Fellowship
The WFF Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellowship had its last convening of the 2012-2013 year on Saturday, April 13. It was a day to celebrate how prolific this fellowship has been, contributing over 35 articles and interviews to major media outlets. In partnership with The OpEd Project, Yale Fellows are working hard to diversify the voices heard in public debate.
Following the all-day convening, the fellowship gathered over dinner. Provost-elect Ben Polak joined the celebration at the Union League, and WFF Chair Priya Natarajan gave opening remarks.
WFF Knowing Series: Professor Jo Handelsman
On April 3 at 4:00 pm in Sudler Hall, Jo Handelsman, Yale Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, gave the 5th lecture in the WFF's year-long series, "Knowing." Prof. Handelsman's talk was titled "The Double Bind: Bias and Belief Systems in Science."
The lecture asked an important question: How much do bias and belief play a role in science itself, and how do they distort our evaluations of people and their work? Prof. Handelsman's work, featured this fall in the New York Times, has given startling evidence to show how pervasive gendered bias is among science professors at US universities.
The WFF was thrilled to have Prof. Handelsman presenting her pioneering work on such an important topic.
Our final lecture of the year will be at 4:00 pm April 24 at Luce Hall, and will be given by Laura Wexler, Professor of American Studies and of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Women and the Politics of Representation
The opening remarks were given by Linda Lorimer, Yale University Vice-President. Introductions were then given by Nancy Stratford, Vice Chair of YaleWomen and Priyamvada Natarajan, Professor of Astronomy and Physics and Chair of the WFF. The panel included wonderful talks by Carol Armstrong speaking on "The Politics of Flowers: On the Sexual Politics of Women Artists and their Art-Subjects"; Judith Resnik speaking on "Justice, Identity, and Rights: Women and the Politics of Representation"; and Liena Vayzman speaking on “Yale’s First Women PhDs, 1894: Photographic Traces and Recovered Histories of Pioneering Scholars and Scientists."
The discussants for the evening were Linda Greenhouse, Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer at Yale Law School, and Laura Wexler Professor of American Studies and of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
WFF Interdisciplinary Lecture Series "Knowing": Professor Beatrice Gruendler
This Wednesday, February 27 at 4:00 in Luce Hall Auditorium, Beatrice Gruendler delivered the 4th lecture in the WFF's year-long series. Her talk was titled "The Unnamed Agents of the Arabic Book Revolution." Prof. Gruender (Ph.D. Harvard University, 1995) is Professor of Arabic at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University. Her main areas of research are Arabic script and media history, Classical Arabic poetry with its social context, and the integration of modern literary theory into the study of Near Eastern literatures.
The evening's talk was also co-sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.
The WFF "Knowing" Series continues next month with a lecture by Jo Handelsman on March 27 at 4:00 pm at Luce Hall. The final lecture of the year will take place April 24 and be delivered by Laura Wexler.
WFF Workshop: Act Like a Leader: Training Your Creative Impulses
February 25, 2013, 9am – 12pm
(GM) Room, 55 Hillhouse Ave
For the 3rd time this year, the WFF hosted the highly popular leadership workshop by Shana Ross. The workshop threw participants into a series of exercises used by actors, directors, and improvisational comedians to train their creative “muscles.”
Ms. Ross holds a BA in theater studies from Yale College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. She is the founder/principal of Vili and Ve Solutions, a strategy consulting and executive coaching practice based in New Haven.
If you are interested in the 4th and final workshop of the academic term, email email@example.com to be put on a waitlist. The last workshop will be sometime in April, and spots do generally fill up in advance for this popular workshop.
Public Voices Fellowship: 3rd Convening
This past Saturday, February 16, the WFF Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellowship had its 3rd of 4 convenings throughout the academic year. As always, it was a lively day of synergy, teaching, and community, as journalists from The OpEd Project worked with our outstanding fellows. This Saturday's agenda focused on the importance of scholars using social media, such as Twitter, as well as the opportunities that Ted Talks provide scholars for spreading ideas.
You can read more here about the Yale scholars involved in this fellowship and the amazing thought leadership they have produced this year!
WISAY/WFF Wine and Cheese Mixer
This Wednesday, February 13th, from 5:30-7:00 pm in Kline Biology Tower's 1st floor lobby, Women in Science at Yale (WISAY) and the Yale Women's Faculty Forum co-hosted a wine and cheese mixer. The event encouraged interaction and networking among women science students, post-docs, and faculty. The WFF was delighted to co-host the event with WISAY, a group of dedicated graduate student and post-doc women scientists working to support women in science through mentoring, networking, career development, and community building.
Women Faculty and Faculty of Color: Building Diversity at Yale
On Monday, February 4, 7-8 p.m., at Linsly-Chittenden Hall Room 101, the Yale Daily News and the Yale College Council with support from the Yale Women Faculty Forum presented a panel discussion on gender and diversity among faculty at Yale. How diverse is the faculty at Yale? What were the findings of the WFF report "The View from 2012: Men, Women and Yale University”? What is the university doing to increase gender equity and faculty diversity? And why is diversity important?
The panel featured Yale President-Elect Peter Salovey, Yale College Dean Mary Miller, Yale Deputy Provost Frances Rosenbluth, WFF Chair and Yale Astronomy Professor Priya Natarajan, Chair of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Paul Turner, Chair of Anthropology Richard Bribiescas, and former WFF postdoctoral associate and report author Allison Tait.
The WFF was thrilled with the wonderful turnout and the kind of critical questions raised in the evening's discussion. Thank you to all who contributed to this important event!
January 29: Breakfast for Mentoring Program
The WFF and the Office of the Provost hosted a special WFF Mentoring Program Wrap-Up Breakfast at the Provost's House at 35 Hillhouse Avenue. Provost Benjamin Polak, President-Elect Peter Salovey, Deputy Provost Frances Rosenbluth, and WFF Chair Priya Natarajan each gave brief remarks expressing thanks to all of the participants for the great success of the program.
The WFF Mentoring Program was designed to foster interdepartmental connections and provide junior women faculty with additional resources as they progress toward tenure or other career advancement. Eighty women faculty members participated in this pilot program.
January 23: WFF Lecture with Dean Mary Miller
On January 23, the WFF year-long lecture series, "Knowing," featured Dean Mary Miller giving a talk on "What We Can Know About the Beinecke Map of 1565: Gender, Authority, and Memory." The 4:00 p.m. lecture was in the Luce Hall auditorium (Room 101) at 34 Hillhouse Avenue. A reception followed at 5:00. The Lecture was co-sponsored by the Department of the History of Art.
Mark your calendars for upcoming talks by Beatrice Gruendler on Feb. 27, Jo Handelsman on March 27, and Laura Wexler on April 24.
WFF Faculty Networking Lunch
On, January 17 from 12-1:30 p.m., women faculty from across the University joined WFF for our first informal lunch of the semester at Saybrook College.
It was a lively conversation as women from diverse departments shared about their research and their time at Yale. Mark your calendars for the rest of our monthly lunch series dates in the Spring semester: February 12, March 28, and April 23.
The WFF has lost a dear friend with the passing of Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, the chair of the Department of Psychology at Yale. The WFF will be planting a tree in her memory.
Our hearts especially go out to her husband, Richard, and son, Michael. Susan will be deeply missed by family, friends, colleagues, and students.
Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellowship
On December 15, nineteen WFF Yale Public Voices Fellows met for their 2nd of 4 convenings over the course of the academic year. The Fellowship is led by journalists from The OpEd Project, an organization whose goal is to "increase the range of voices and quality of ideas we hear in the world." Through the Fellowship, the participating Yale scholars are supported as they make their voices heard in public thought leadership venues, such as op-ed writing and radio and TV interviews.
The Yale WFF Public Voices Fellowship, designed specifically to support women and underepresented minority scholars, was originally an OpEd Project pilot program. But, the pilot has been so successful that several other schools now have their own fellowship!
These fellowships has been an incredible success at Yale and beyond in leading the way in helping to change public discourse over critical issues. Please see our "News and Events" on the right of our homepage, where we list all the recent successes of the Yale Public Voices Fellows!
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein Presents “Appealing to Intuitions"
On December 5 , the WFF was thrilled to host philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein for the second talk in our WFF Interdisciplinary Lecture Series “Knowing.”
Rebecca’s talk, titled “Appealing to Intuitions,” covered a fascinating range of topics from math to ethics to literature in application of philosophical formulations of intuition and logic. Rebecca is the Franke Visiting Fellow at Whitney Humanities Center Fall of 2012. She has received many prizes for her fiction and scholarship, including a MacArthur “Genius” Prize. Her first novel was the critically acclaimed bestseller The Mind-Body Problem, and there have been six more works of fiction, including her latest novel, 36 Arguments for The Existence of God: A Work of Fiction. She is also the author of Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel and of Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity. She has been awarded several honorary doctorates, Guggenheim and Radcliffe fellowships, and is a Humanist Laureate and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was named the Humanist of the Year in 2011 by the American Humanist Association.
The next lecture in the “Knowing” series, which seeks to highlight the amazing scholarship of women from across disciplines and departments at the university, will by January 23, 2013 in Luce Hall 101. Yale College Dean Mary Miller will speak on “The Beinecke Map of 1565: Gender, Authority and Memory.”
WFF Networking Lunches
On Wednesday, December 5 from 12-1:30 p.m. WFF hosted it's monthly Faculty Networking Lunch. The monthly lunch series allows for networking, interdisciplinary discussion, and community building for women faculty across Yale. All women faculty from across the University are invited to join for our lunches, which take place in beautiful Saybrook College. Check back this January for the schedule for next term, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abigail Stewart Presents on Unconscious Bias
On November 27 in Luce Hall Auditorium WFF was thrilled to host Professor Abigail Stewart, who gave a talk entitled "Addressing unconscious bias: Steps toward an inclusive academic climate." Prof. Stewart's current research examines educated women’s lives and personalities; women’s movement activism both in the US and globally; gender, science and technology among graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty; and institutional change in the academy.
She is the Sandra Schwartz Tangri Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. Professor Stewart is also the director of the UM ADVANCE Program, a program that is the benchmark for innovative interventions on leveling the playing field for women in science and technology within the academy.
WFF Launches New Blog: November 14
On this day 44 years ago—November 14, 1968—Yale University President Kingman Brewster announced the College would admit women beginning in the fall of 1969. We launch our new WFF blog on this anniversary date to commemorate a historic first step toward gender equality at Yale.
In our first series of posts, WFF Chair Priya Natarajan asked current and former WFF associates to reflect on the question “Why Aspire to Gender Parity?” In the coming weeks and months, more posts will continue reflection on this question, as well as a variety of other important topics. Please make sure to check back at yalewffblog.org.
We hope the new WFF blog becomes a lively space for the discussion of gender equality at Yale and beyond.
WFF Workshop: Monday November 12
Act Like a Leader: Improvisation in Real Life
Improvisation is the product of finely honed skills in communication, and is a tool that is useful in professional life. This popular WFF workshop threw participants into a series of exercises used by actors, directors and improvisational comedians to train their creative “muscles.” Participants learned techniques for becoming comfortable with spontaneity, using their emotions and personal history to inform their interactions, and achieving their objectives in various scenarios.
Act Like A Leader workshops are designed by Shana Ross, who holds a BA in theater studies from Yale College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
If you'd like to register for future Act Like a Leader workshops, please email email@example.com.
Inaugural Talk for "Knowing": The New WFF Interdisciplinary Lecture Series
On November 7 at 4:00 p.m., Karen Wynn, Yale Professor of Psychology, gave the opening talk in our year-long interdisciplinary lecture series, "Knowing." The series is loosely modeled after the Darwin Lecture Series at Cambridge, in which scholars from diverse fields come together to reflect on a core theme.
Professor Wynn's talk was titled "What Do Babies Know About Right and Wrong?" Her fascinating research findings suggest that even in the first few months of life, we are already evaluating others along numerous dimensions. These evaluations guide our own behaviors toward others, and also inform how we wish others to be treated.
Prof. Wynn's talk generated lively conversation and questions from the attendees, who braved the season's first blizzard to make it to this wonderful event!
Please do mark your calendars for the coming lectures in the series. This year's theme of "Knowing" will be addressed by a truly fantastic lineup of women scholars, including Rebecca Goldstein on Dec. 5, Dean Mary Miller on Jan. 23, Beatrice Gruendler on Feb. 27, Jo Handelsman on March 27, and Laura Wexler on April 24. Please write firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Annual Fall Reception
This year, the Yale Women Faculty Forum is hosting its annual fall reception on September 24th. As is our tradition, we will welcome new women faculty and administrators and celebrate the successes of women who have recently received tenure or joined Yale's senior administration. It is a wonderful annual event, and well attended. Last year we had over 150 guests, both junior and senior women faculty as well as senior administrators from across the campus. This year's speakers include Linda Koch Lorimer (Vice President of the University), Frances McCall Rosenbluth (Deputy Provost for the Social Sciences and for Faculty Development and Diversity Professor, Department of Political Science), Emily P. Bakemeier (Deputy Provost for the Arts and Humanities), and Priyamvada Natarajan (Chair, Yale Women Faculty Forum Professor, Departments of Astronomy and Physics).
Parity as Practice: The Politics of Equality
March 30-31, 2012
WFF and the Yale Law School co-hosted a conference on "Parity as Practice: The Politics of Equality." The conference was co-sponsored by the Yale Women Faculty Forum, the Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women's Rights at Yale Law School, and the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund at the MacMillan Center.
This conference on gender parity – taking as a starting point programs that have been established areas of both public and private concern – provided a forum for international scholars to discuss the impact of, as well as the challenges posed, by parity models. Because parity is advocated as a tool for achieving gender equity and is the subject of critique, the aim of this conference was to probe the contributions and the questions that parity programs entail. In order to facilitate this understanding, the conference interrogated the notions of parity, both as a marker of success and as a model of organization in locations and sites that are diverse – geographically, politically, and imaginatively.
For more information, please visit the conference website:
WFF launches Mentorship Program for Junior Faculty
On January 11, 2012, the Yale Women Faculty Forum (WFF) launched an informal mentoring program for women faculty at Yale. WFF introduced the program by hosting a breakfast at the Provost’s house and an afternoon session about mentoring best practices facilitated by Lindsey Stoddard Cameron, a mentoring expert from UW-Madison. The new WFF program matches junior faculty members with senior faculty mentors in related fields, and provides a framework for mentor-mentee engagement.
Provost Peter Salovey and Associate Provost Frances Rosenbluth make remarks; Provost Salovey, WFF Chair Priyamvada Natarajan, and Lindsey Stoddard Cameron. Photos: Liena Vayzman
The program is designed to supplement departmental mentoring programs and provide junior women faculty with an additional resource as they progress toward tenure or other career advancement. Over 75 women faculty members are participating in this pilot program. The program is closed for the 2012 cycle; for additional information about the program and to learn about participating in the future, please contact the Women Faculty Forum at email@example.com
Yale Women Faculty Forum mourns the passing of Paula Hyman, one of WFF's founding members, on Dec. 15, 2011.
Dr. Paula Hyman was a Professor of modern Jewish History at Yale and a social historian who pioneered the study of women in Jewish life. She wrote ten books about the Jewish experience in Europe and the US, often focusing on women's experiences. WFF expresses our condolences to Dr. Hyman's family and colleagues. New York Times Obituary
Women and the Politics of Representation
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, Yale Law School
Carol Armstrong Professor, History of Art. “The Politics of Flowers: On the Sexual Politics of Women Artists and their Art-Subjects “
Judith Resnik Arthur Liman Professor, Yale Law School. “Justice, Identity, and Rights: Women and the Politics of Representation," drawing on Judith Resnik and Dennis E. Curtis, Representing Justice: Invention, Controversy, and Rights in City-States and Democratic Courtrooms (Yale University Press, 2011)
Liena Vayzman Gender Equity and Policy Postdoctoral Associate, WFF. “Yale’s First Women PhDs, 1894: Photographic Traces and Recovered Histories of Pioneering Scholars and Scientists”(Photo at right: Elizabeth Deering Hanscom, PhD 1894, one of the first cohort of seven women to earn PhDs at Yale)
Discussants: Linda Greenhouse Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer, Yale Law School; Laura Wexler Professor of American Studies and of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Introduction: Priyamvada Natarajan Professor of Astronomy and Physics; Chair, Yale Women Faculty Forum
A related exhibition, The Remarkable Run of a Political Icon: Justice as Sign of the Law, is at the Yale Law School Library and online http://library.law.yale.edu/exhibits/justice-sign-law
Co-Sponsored by Yale Women Faculty Forum, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Astronomy Dept., English Dept., History Dept., History of Art Dept., Spanish and Portuguese Dept., and Yale Law Women
WFF Presents Faculty Lunch Series Oct. 5, Nov. 2, and Dec. 7, 2011 and Jan. 17, Feb. 15, Mar. 22, and Apr. 18, 2012
Photo: Liena Vayzman
Faculty from across the University attend this new lunch series hosted by WFF, which allows for informal networking and community building for all women faculty at Yale. 12:00pm in the Saybrook College Fellows Lounge. Info
WFF Leadership Training Series 2011-12:
"Lucid Body" workshop with Fay Simpson, April 11, 2012
In this cutting edge workshop tailored for the WFF's Leadership Training Series, Fay Simpson guided participants in the essential elements of the Lucid Body, a unique physical training method she teaches to actors at the Yale School of Drama and worldwide. Applying theatrical training to professional academic life, participants learned how to release old behavioral habits in order to increase their versatility and flexibility while confronting challenging circumstances and personalities.
Fay Simpson is the author of The Lucid Body: A Guide for the Physical Actor . Fay Simpson has been the Artistic Director and co-founder of Impact Theater since its creation in 1990. Theater Companies that have utilized the Lucid Body include Terra Firma, SATC, Karin Coonrad, Innocentia Inviolata in Toulouse, Gabrielle Moleta in London, and Parapanda Arts Lab in Tanzania. Ms. Simpson was awarded a Fox Foundation Fellowship to serve as an Assistant Director at the New Globe Theatre in London.
WFF Leadership Training Series: "Viewpoints" and "Act Like a Leader" with Shana Ross- Fall 2011/Spring 2012
On October 25 and Nov. 16, 2011, WFF hosted leadership training workshops for faculty with facilitator Shana Ross
Photo: Allison Tait
In the theater, actors are trained to be deliberate with all the choices they make, knowing that they are telling a story with the shape of their body, the direction of their gaze and the timbre of their voice. In our professional lives, we make similar choices constantly, but rarely think of them as such. These workshop provided frameworks for thinking about these daily choices in an academic professional setting, then afforded participants the chance to experiment through a series of improvisational exercises to see how changes in their physical and vocal habits affect the way they are seen by others. Exercises and feedback allowed participants to gain insight into interpersonal dynamics and take control of the image they project professionally.
Participants in a WFF leadership workshop with Shana Ross (front, center).Photo: Liena Vayzman
Shana Ross is the founder/principal of Vili and Ve Solutions, Inc., a consulting and coaching practice. Trained as an actor and playwright in Yale College, she earned her MBA from the Yale School of Management after several years working in the nonprofit sector. Her leadership workshops use techniques and theories from the worlds of theater and business to offer fresh perspectives to professionals.
WFF Announces New Chair Priyamvada Natarajan
We are proud to announce that Priyamvada Natarajan has been named Chair of the Yale Women Faculty Forum starting Aug. 1, 2011. We are confident that Professor Natarajan, working with WFF's Steering Committee and Council, will build on the WFF’s accomplishments of the past ten years to further gender equity and scholarship on women and gender at Yale, nationally and internationally.
Priyamvada Natarajan is a professor in the Departments of Astronomy and Physics at Yale University. Her research is focused on exotica in the universe - dark matter, dark energy and black holes. Professor Natarajan is noted for her key contributions to two of the most challenging problems in cosmology: mapping the distribution of dark matter and tracing the growth history of black holes. Recipient of numerous awards and prizes including a Radcliffe Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship, she was recently elected Fellow of the American Physical Society. Priya has been active in the work of the Yale Women Faculty Forum since her arrival at Yale. She served on the WFF Steering Committee since 2003 and acted as Co-Chair along with Professor Connie Bagley of the Women Faculty Forum's Sexual Misconduct Working Group from 2009 to 2010. The recommendations of the WFF Report on Sexual Misconduct at Yale have been adopted by the University and have led to the formation of the University Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct that has been in operation since July 1, 2011.
We welcome Professor Natarajan to the leadership post of the Yale Women Faculty Forum and look forward to a productive academic year of programming, research, and advocacy.
Yale Women Faculty Forum
The Yale Women Faculty Forum (WFF) emerged from the effort, during Yale's tercentennial year, to highlight the presence of women at the university and the accomplishments of Yale alumnae. Faculty and staff from across the campus—from diverse fields in the college, the professional and graduate schools—came together to develop programs for the Tercentennial. We have accomplished a great deal; but there is more to do. To that end, with the support of the administration, including the President, the Council of the WFF continues to work in conjunction with faculty, students, and interested alumni/ae to foster gender equity.
- Foster gender equity throughout the university.
- Promote scholarship on gender and scholarship about and by women across all schools of the university.
- Promote mentoring, collaboration, and networking.
Yale Women Faculty Forum 2008-2011 Co-Chairs Dr. Shirley McCarthy and Professor Laura Wexler with Yale University Provost Peter Salovey at the WFF's 10th Annual Opening Reception, October 20, 2010 at Kroon Hall, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.