Mission

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Founded in 1974, the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University has put research into action by inspiring innovative solutions that advance gender equality. Launched when women professors were "firsts" in their positions, the Institute's work today engages faculty and students from Stanford University's seven schools and beyond. The Institute operates as an incubator for collaboration, engaging diverse groups of experts and scholars to identify and tackle the next big questions related to gender equality. For decades, its ground-breaking research—both its in-house research and the interdisciplinary gender research it funds—has effected lasting change.

To accelerate progress and advance knowledge, the Clayman Institute builds upon its remarkable legacy and continues to educate and inspire new generations of feminists in its commitment to making the future equal and just for all people. We empower students and scholars in three key ways:

  • Conduct and invest in gender research
  • Mentor students and scholars through fellowships and internships
  • ​Inspire, translate, and amplify gender scholarship

Our vision for the future is one in which all people—women, men, girls, and boys—will have their contributions valued and voices heard.

For a concise overview of the Clayman Institute today, view our Mission and Programs document

The Clayman Institute has had a profound impact on my life, and I believe its work is changing the world.
Susan Fisk
Giumarra-MacArthur Family Graduate Dissertation Fellow 2014-2015, and Assistant Professor of Sociology, Kent State University