Working Group on Women’s Public Vision


In 2005, IWPR convened a Working Group on Women’s Public Vision made up of women leaders in politics, religion, social justice, and feminist organizing. This group generated concrete ways to promote women’s values and vision. The first major meeting of the group was held at IWPR’s Eighth International Women’s Policy Research Conference in June, 2005, which also included a series of sessions devoted to IWPR’s research and outreach work in this area.

Our Vision

IWPR’s Working Group on Women’s Public Vision developed a draft statement on women’s values for public life. The statement is designed to provide a new frame for thinking about and articulating policies and practices that respond to women’s needs and concerns:

Women’s full integration into public life is essential to building a truly democratic society, creating a more caring culture, and improving the lives of women, their families, and all communities. We call on leaders in politics, the economy, society, and religion to promote practices that empower women of all backgrounds and advance their equality and well-being in public and family life. We call for policies that embody the values of caring and consideration for humanity and support practices that encourage cooperative models of public life.

What We Value

Equality and Individual Worth: We respect the dignity of all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, class, culture, religion, or age. We ask individuals to recognize the ways in which differences lead to both their privilege and their subordination. We call for polices that promote social welfare and provide equal and just use of resources in politics, the economy, and society. We call for practices that value individual expression and humanity and decommodify women’s bodies.

Balanced Power: We seek to include all voices in public life. We promote innovative and responsive strategies for building power together, validating the experiences of different people, and inspiring activism and engagement. We call for practices that give both women and men the tools to claim and wield power. We ask those with power to return it to their communities, and those without power to take the risk of claiming it.

Family: We call for stronger supports for building healthy families of all types and all generations. We recognize the importance of family and acknowledge the impact of our private relationships on our lives at work and in our communities. We promote family values of caring and compassion as beneficial to public life, and we call for ending gender subordination in families. We ask that public policies help families pursue these values in conditions of safety and security.

Community: We recognize the importance of treating each other with compassion and of building connections across lines of difference. We support opportunities for individuals to work, live, and organize collectively with people of diverse backgrounds to better their lives and communities.

Members (2005-2008)

Dr. Heidi Hartmann, Chair
Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Washington, DC

Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock
Founding Co-Director
Faith Voices for the Common Good
Oakland, CA

Dr. Martha Burk
National Council of Women’s Organizations
Washington, DC

Rev. Clare Butterfield
Faith in Place
Chicago, IL

Dr. Linell Cady
Franca Orrefice Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies
Director, Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict
Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ

Ms. Lorraine Cole
Chief Executive Officer
Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro

Ms. Mary Gonzales
California Director and Founder,
NTOSAKE Women’s Leadership Training Program
Gamaliel Foundation
Chicago, IL

Ms. Blu Greenberg
Founding President
Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance
New York, NY

Ms. Christine Grumm
President and CEO
Women’s Funding Network
San Francisco, CA

Ms. Charese Jordan
Deputy Director
Interfaith Worker Justice
Chicago, IL

Ms. Frances Kissling
President and CEO
Catholics for a Free Choice
Washington, DC

Ms. Latifa Lyles
Vice President, Membership
National Organization for Women
Washington, DC

Ms. Nicole Mason
Executive Director
National Women’s Alliance
Washington, DC

Dr. Ingrid Mattson
Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations
Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian/Muslim Relations
Hartford Seminary
Hartford, CT

Ms. Shireen Mitchell
Executive Director
Digital Sisters
Washington, DC

Ms. Maricela Morales
Associate Executive Director
Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy
Ventura, CA

Ms. Terry O’Neill
Executive Director
National Council of Women’s Organizations
Washington, DC

Dr. Rebecca Parker
President and Professor of Theology
Starr King School for the Ministry
Berkeley, CA

Ms. Jane Ramsey
Executive Director
Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
Chicago, IL

Ms. Alma Morales Riojas
President and CEO
MANA, A National Latina Organization
Washington, DC

Rev. Sandra Robertson
Executive Director
Georgia Citizens’ Coalition on Hunger
Atlanta, GA

Rev. Margaret Rose
Office for Women’s Ministries
Episcopal Church Center
New York, NY

Rev. Roslyn Satchel
Executive Director
National Center for Human Rights Education
Atlanta, GA

Ms. Afeefa Syeed
Al Fatih Academy
Herndon, VA

Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
Former Lt. Governor of Maryland
Baltimore, MD

Dr. Tamelyn Tucker-Worgs
Assistant Professor of Political Science and African American Studies
Hood College
Frederick, MD

Ms. Pradeepta Upadhyay
Board Member
Nepal Sewa Center (NSC)
Artesia, CA