This 4W project aims to create change and change agents from within communities to improve health outcomes and the general wellbeing of women and girls.

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Engaging with 4W prepares UW-Madison students to lead efforts related to gender and wellbeing

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Through grants and awards, 4W Initiative supports the development of scholarship and leadership in gender and wellbeing at all career stages.

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May 2019 marks the 150th year of women gaining degrees from UW-Madison!

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4w Programs: Taking Research to Practice and Practice to Scale

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UW-Madison students travel to Rabat, Morocco with STREETS Co-Director Araceli Alonso for a course on human trafficking, 2017.


4W helps sponsor and organize events related to gender, health, and wellbeing.

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Change HERstory: Menstrual Hygiene Management in Ghana

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Students’ Learning-action For The Environmental Commons

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The Arts & Wellbeing project develops opportunities for visiting artists and artists in residence to expand their reach and programming both on campus.

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Click here to learn about the In Her Honor Fund, a way to celebrate the important women in your life.

Click here to make a donation in support of 4W.

Initiated in 2019 to mark the 150th anniversary of the awarding of bachelor’s degrees to women at UW, the In Her Honor Fund celebrates lives marked by scholarly achievement and public legacy, as well as extraordinary lives devoted to family and community. Gifts will be used to support campus programs that make life better for women and the world better for all.

Participation in In Her Honor is a two-step process. First, please make your gift and designation. Then, please share a story  about your honoree (optional).

Want to learn more about the commemoration of 150 years of women graduating from UW-Madison? Click here to read stories and follow @Women150 on instagram for regular updates!

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4W Conveners: Engaging Our Campus


Rebecca Blank, PhD

Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“The School of Human Ecology, the Global Health Institute and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies have created 4W with a strong partnership that brings together top researchers from many fields to focus on one central question: How do we harness the power of scientific knowledge to improve the lives of women around the world?  This program can have a deep and lasting impact on women, their families and their communities. And by creating international leadership and service learning opportunities for our students, 4W will inspire a new generation of scholars dedicated to women’s health and well-being.”

Soyeon Shim, PhD

Dean, School of Human Ecology, UW-Madison

“When women suffer, everyone suffers – men, children, communities and families. The challenges facing women in Wisconsin and around the globe are multifaceted, thorny, and stubborn. Big problems need big thinkers. The 4W Initiative brings together alumni, students, innovators, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, and communities to find answers where none exist, and to do so with empathy. That’s why I am proud to be part of this initiative, and excited about the future.”

Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH

Director, Global Health Institute, UW-Madison

“Women hold the key to health at home, in their communities, across their nations, and around the globe.”


Aili Tripp

Chair, Department of Gender & Women’s Studies, UW-Madison

“Gender and Women’s studies scholars are engaged in gender analysis to better understand how women the world over are striving to improve their livelihoods, health, education, role in politics, and other concerns. The 4W Initiative allows for collaborative synergies across campus and beyond around these issues.”