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Institute for Women's Leadership at Marquette University

Support the work of IWL through a Gala Sponsorship2024 IWL Gala - Sponsorship packet (pg 01)

Click HERE to submit your 2024 IWL Gala Sponsorship pledge.

Questions can be sent to IWL Coordinator Sarah Camp (sarah.camp@marquette.edu).


ANNOUNCING: 3rd Annual IWL Gala Keynote Speaker

2024 IWL Gala Keynote Speaker announcement graphic

IWL humbly and excitedly announces Denise M. Thomas as the keynote speaker for the 2024 IWL Gala!  Headlining the event program on the eve of International Women's Day, March 7th, 2024, Denise will speak on the importance of being Unapologetically You! by Leading With Your Best Self and Unapologetically Operating in YOUR Power.

To learn more about Denise M. Thomas, The Effective Communication Coach, and the 3rd Annual IWL Gala, visit the IWL Gala Information Hub.  We look forward to celebrating with you!

Now Open: Summer 2024 IWL Interdisciplinary Grants Program Application

Marquette University Faculty are invited to apply to IWL's Interdisciplinary Summer Grant Program for the 2024 grant cycle.  This program supports high-quality interdisciplinary research projects involving collaborators from two or more disciplinary backgrounds or transitions that advance our understanding of gender and/or sex in any domain of human endeavors and show promise of receiving extramural funding. 

For full details: Download grant details here.
(A fillable grant application cover sheet is also available on IWL's Grant Awards webpage.)

Save the Date: 3rd Annual IWL Gala, March 7, 2024

2024 IWL Gala save-the-date announcementMore event details, sponsorship information, and invitations to come!  Visit the IWL Gala Information Hub for all updates and information as more details become available.

NEWEST Release:

Milwaukee Women in the Workplace—2023 Report

The latest research publication from IWL, "Milwaukee Women in the Workplace—2023 Report," written by IWL Director Jennica Webster, PhD, reviews findings from a study of workers in the Milwaukee metropolitan area and provides proven recommendations on how our community can continue to make equitable advancements for an even better community.
front cover of "Milwaukee Women in the Workplace—2023 Report"

Summer 2023 Releases:

Understanding the Domestic Abuse Restraining Order Processes in Milwaukee County’s Court After COVID-19

The third and final publication from IWL's research study, "When 'Safer-at-Home' is Not Actually Safe," this paper by Drs. Heather Hlavka, Sameena Mulla, Andrea K. Schneider, and Erin Schubert explores the temporary and long-term restraining order processes for domestic abuse survivors in Milwaukee County from the perspectives of service seekers and service providers.
Front cover of "Understanding the Domestic Abuse Restraining Order Processes in Milwaukee County’s Court After COVID-19"


Sojourner Clients and Access to Technology: A Geospatial Analysis

The second publication from IWL's research study, "When 'Safer-at-Home' is Not Actually Safe," this paper by Dr. Aleksandra Snowden explores the impact that people's access to technology has on their ability to procure needed assistance as they navigate the local court's process to file for a restraining order and provides evidence-based recommendations for better meeting the needs of survives.

Front Cover of "Sojourner Clients and Access to Technology: A Geospatial Analysis" | A "When 'Safer-at-Home' is Not Actually Safe" paper

Spring 2023 Release:

The Power of Intellectual Joy for the Future of Women at Work

This spring's publication from IWL's Faculty Fellows program, this paper by Dr. Melissa Shew explores the importance of finding and making space for joy in life.  This paper was the basis for IWL's May 3rd, 2023, community event by the same name.

FRONT COVER of "The Power of Intellectual Joy for the Future of Women at Work"

Additionally, this white paper has a companion workbook, "Increasing Intellectual Joy through the Seven As: Reflective Questions for Work and Life," available here for personal use.  To request a Joy Workshop or for use of this workbook beyond a personal non-profit nature, contact IWL@marquette.edu.


Fall 2022 Release:
Sex Differences in Pain Perception—Why Do Women Experience More Pain Than Men?

The first paper from IWL's Faculty Fellows program was written by Dr. Marie Hoeger Bement, this paper explores how different people experience pain and offers some general tools that can help manage pain depending on one's experiences.  This paper is the basis for IWL's November 3rd community event: Women Experience More Pain Than Men—And What To Do About It!
[For more information and to register now, visit the IWL Events page.]  The paper, Sex Differences in Pain Perception—Why Do Women Experience More Pain Than Men?, is now available to all.  Click HERE for a copy:Front Cover of "Sex Differences in Pain Persception" (white paper)

Spring 2022 Release: A Guide to Better Understanding and Supporting Domestic Violence Survivors in Our Workplaces

The first paper to come from Front Cover - A Guide to Better Understanding and Supporting Domestic Violence Survivors in Our Workplaces
the "When 'Safer-At-Home'
Is Not Actually Safe"
interdisciplinary community research project, this white paper serves as a guide for how organizations can support employees experiencing domestic violence in their home life.

Newest Report on Law Firm Equity Released

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Released in April 2022, the Institute of Women's Leadership shares part two of its Law Firm Equity Initiative with its report on the state of gender equity in Milwaukee law firms.

IWL Law Firm Equity Initiative 

IWL Research Mini-Grants

As a reminder, the IWL is accepting applications for research mini-grants of up to $1000. These grants are designed to support research-related activities that advance scholarship or academic knowledge focused on gender or sex.
Click HERE for application materials and more information.

Check out the latest from the Beyond MU series!

Watch Beyond MU: Lifelong Learning —"When 'Safer-at-Home' is Not Actually Safe: Supporting Intimate Partner Violence Survivors during Quarantine" HERE!

In March 2020, state governments began issuing “Safer-at-Home” orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. But for women living with abusive partners, being quarantined at home was anything but safe. Andrea Schneider, professor of law in the Marquette University Law School and director for the Institute for Women’s Leadership, has created a research team to analyze the effect these orders had on the prevalence of domestic abuse cases, and their impact on the wellness and mental health of survivors. 
Hear how this team, in partnership with Milwaukee County Circuit Court and the Sojourner Family Peace Center, is working toward improving services for survivors during the pandemic- to enhance court processes and to guide best practices in advising workplaces on how to respond to Intimate Partner Violence. 

Upcoming Events

Check out the Events page for descriptions and links for each event.

3rd Annual IWL Gala
Thurs., March 7th, 2024, 5:00PM - 8:30PM | Marquette University

2024 IWL Gala save-the-date announcementRegister Here for the 3rd IWL Gala: Embrace Your Uniqueness at "Unapologetically You".
Current Marquette students, faculty, and staff: For more information and to register, please go HERE.
Visit the IWL Gala Information Hub for more details, and the links to register/sponsor!

Cross-Promotional Events

Spudich Speaker Series
Fri., Feb. 23rd, 12:00PM | 707 HUBsophia event For more details and registation click HERE. 

Boheim Lecture presented by Dr. Amina Gautier
Tues., Feb. 26, 5:30PM | Raynor Memorial Libraries Beaumier Suitesamina gautier lecturer    
Click HERE for more details. 

Graduate Women in Science Date Night Mon., Feb. 26, 5:30 PM | Blu at the Pfister HotelGWIS Event

"How to Let Go: Managing Social Comparison and Imposter Syndrome"
Wed., Feb. 28th, 6:00-7:30 pm
menatl health counseling

(will be in person and virtual via teams and is open to all students, staff, faculty and the community)

Milwaukee Womens International Women's Day
Fri., March 8th, 12:30PM - 3:30PM | Marcus Performing Arts Centeriwd womens day

Check out the Events page for descriptions and links for each event.

Watch IWL's Last Spotlight on Research Episode:

Click HERE to watch this episode on YouTube in its original formatting.

Playback Available for IWL's Women and Money Series

Watch video playback of IWL's latest series, Women and Money, by clicking HERE.  For each session, we learned from local, state, and national leaders in each subject on how to make a difference that benefits women as individuals and our communities.
Check out the Women and Money page to learn more.




IWL Honored to Recognize Leaders at 2nd Annual IWL GalaIWL Gala Header



IWL Engage Award

 Award winner

Award winner

Award winner

Kareeda Chones Aguam

Senior VP of Partner
Strategy & Management,
Milwaukee Bucks


Dr. Rosemary Stuart

Wehr Distinguished
Professor, Biological Sciences

Gabrielle Chun

College of Engineering, 2024

For more details on the gala and our award winners, visit our IWL 2023 Gala page.