Volume 9
The Crisis of Criminalization: A Call for a Comprehensive Philanthropic Response

This report is an urgent call for a comprehensive philanthropic response to the growing crisis of criminalization. Over the past decade mass incarceration - the reality that over 2.2 million people are locked up in the nation’s prisons and jails, and 60% are people of color – has emerged as a central social justice issue of our time. This groundbreaking report calls for immediate, concerted, comprehensive, sustained, cross-sector, collaborative philanthropic response to the growing crisis of criminalization, and outlines strategies to more effectively tackle criminalization and mass incarceration, to stop the spread of surveillance and punishment, and to meet the challenges of the current political climate.

Filipino Domestic Workers

BCRW Social Justice Institute

15 years of activist-academic collborations

Ntozake Shange

Digital Shange

Multidisciplinary approaches to African diaspora, women's history & arts inspired by alumna Ntozake Shange (BC ’70)

Harlem Semester

The Harlem Semester

ABOUT TIMELINE SPRING 2017 COURSES SPRING 2016 COURSES INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERS COSPONSORS CONTACT About the Harlem Semester: A Community Partnership for Social Justice Pedagogy Organized by the Barnard Center for Research on Women and the Department of Africana Studies and launched in 2016, the Harlem Semester Program is an ambitious public humanities initiative that explores the complexities […]

Annual Report

Click here to download the 2013-2015 annual report. Overview The Barnard Center for Research on Women brings together faculty, students, administrators, community members, activists, artists, and alumnae to produce and distribute feminist knowledge on campus, in New York City, nationally and globally. Over forty years of experience building collaborative projects, programs, and publications have distinguished […]

S&F Online

The Scholar & Feminist Online, a triannual, multimedia, online-only journal of feminist theories and women's movements, provides public access to the Barnard Center for Research on Women's most innovative programming by providing written transcripts, audio and visual recordings, and links to relevant intellectual and social action networks. The journal builds on these programs by publishing related scholarship and other applicable resources. A forum for scholars, activists, and artists whose work articulates the ever-evolving role of feminism in struggles for social justice, S&F Online brings you the latest in cutting-edge theory and practice.

New Feminist Solutions

Marking the newest direction in BCRW's more than thirty-five-year-old tradition of print publication, New Feminist Solutions is a series of reports geared toward informing and inspiring activists, policy-makers and others. Each report was written in collaboration with organizations and individuals who, like BCRW, have made a concerted effort to link feminist struggles to those of racial, economic, social and global justice. The reports are based on conversations and ideas emerging from conferences held at Barnard College, and are published in conjunction with websites featuring additional information from these events. Copies of the reports are free. They can be downloaded from the New Feminist Solutions website. Print copies can be requested by emailing bcrw@barnard.edu.

What is…?

BCRW has produced a series of videos for use in the classroom that explain concepts and keywords used in social justice feminism, including: Feminism; Reproductive Justice; Neoliberalism; and STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) + the Arts.


Part of our ever-evolving digital presence, the BCRW Blog aims to create an online space that can expand the important conversations happening at the Center, complement our programming, and feature thoughtful reflections on feminist issues of the day. A participatory platform, the Blog invites comments and submissions, allowing for timely and varied conversations with members of the BCRW community near and far. With the Blog, we hope to increase ties among diverse groups of women and develop new venues to encourage the open sharing of feminist ideas and action.

From the Collection

The ephemera collection of the Barnard Center for Research on Women contains hundreds of rare, difficult-to-find feminist materials dating back to the early Second Wave of American women's movements. This public archive of fliers, reports, newsletters, pamphlets, and conference programs provides an exciting glimpse into one of the most vibrant moments in the history of activism. Beginning in the spring of 2006, the Center will present Internet exhibits to make these valuable materials more widely available. Each semester, our student research assistants will curate an exhibition of the most interesting documents, organizing them around a theme of enduring importance: from women's prison activism to reproductive health to immigration rights to political revolution.