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Gender Policy Journal

Topic / Gender, Race and Identity

Introducing the Gender Policy Journal

Beginning in the 2021-2022 academic year, the Women’s Policy Journal is becoming the Gender Policy Journal. This change reflects the current work of the journal to represent the experiences of people along the gender spectrum, and especially of people who hold marginalized gender identities.

This change in name has been an opportunity to re-visit our mission statement as a journal, to more carefully center our goals to publish work that dissects power dynamics as they relate to gender:


The Gender Policy Journal is a student-run publication at the Harvard Kennedy School that publishes interdisciplinary work on gender policy, gendered power dynamics, and gender-based systems of oppression, including patriarchy and white supremacy. The Gender Policy Journal was originally founded in 2001 as the Women’s Policy Journal and was revived in 2017 after a 5-year hiatus before being re-named in 2021.

Our mission is to:

  • Provide a platform for policy analysis and advocacy that aims to identify current issues related to gender, eliminate gendered inequities and outline strategies to respond.
  • Center policies that address structural power inequities and seek to uplift those most vulnerable to discrimination and harm, interrogating gender’s intersections with other marginalized identities, including but not limited to race, sexual orientation, class and disability.
  • Foster a community for HKS students passionate about gender policy to connect with each other and with gender policy practitioners while growing their skills as editors and writers.