In May 1998, Dr. Joanne Goodwin, Caryll Dziedziak, Kay Long, and Gerry Evans decided to create a statewide institute to ensure the long-tem viability of existing projects, while building a network of campus and community support for research on women and gender issues. Thus began a year of writing proposals and business plans and scheduling meetings with university administration and supporters who shared our vision for a Women’s Research Institute.
In May 1999, the Board of Regents recognized the Women’s Research Institute of Nevada as a statewide research institute. One of the institute’s first projects was to continue the work of Dr. Goodwin’s Las Vegas Women Oral History Project. The Institute then expanded its range of research beyond the field of history by partnering with the U.S. Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau, Region IX to investigate the current training of women and girls in the growing field of high technology in 2001.
In 2002, the Institute began working with the University of Nevada Reno’s Center for Applied Research to collect and study data from approximately 150 indicators of women’s health, education, social welfare, and employment in the state. Published in 2005, the Status of Women and Girls in Nevada report made this critical information on the well-being of Nevada’s citizens available for our legislators, educators, and general public. An earlier report produced by the Washington, D.C. Institute for Women’s Policy Research, on which Dr. Goodwin consulted, is available on the web.
In June 2003, the Women’s Research Institute of Nevada sponsored its first annual NEW Leadership Nevada summer program; a week-long leadership-training program for college women modeled on a program developed by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. You can keep up with the progress of this enormously supportive and necessary statewide program on this website. Find past participants, look at our curriculum, and see the annual reports.
In fall of 2005, the Women’s Research Institute of Nevada was accepted as a member center of the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW); a prestigious network of over 100 leading national and international research and policy centers that help create more equitable opportunities for women and girls. In 2009, WRIN received the Emerging Center Award from the NCRW for its distinctive and expansive work in the state.
The Women’s Research Institute of Nevada continues to serve as an umbrella organization dedicated to interdisciplinary research and educational efforts focused on women and gender. Check back frequently, or join us on Facebook to stay in touch with our progress.