Worldwide, 49.1% of working women are in vulnerable employment.

Approximately 222 Million women do not have access to family planning.

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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.”