4W leverages the strengths of UW-Madison to be a convener and leading voice in education, applied research, and impactful engagement to promote gender equity, global wellbeing, and the full participation of women in society.
We work to achieve this mission through the following strengths-based activities:
We leverage the assets of the university by supporting catalyst projects that bring research to practice and practice to scale in Wisconsin and around the world.
We host changemaking platforms to bring people together around pressing issues related to gender and wellbeing.
We cultivate leadership and community among scholars and students, and provide grants and support that enable them to become changemakers in action.
To Make Life Better For Women And Make The World Better For All
The 4W Response: The Special Role of Higher Education
4W emphasizes the unique role that higher education can play in innovation, capacity-building, discovery, and change. Rather than providing direct services as government and civil society organizations do, 4W aims to leverage the power of higher education and the Wisconsin Idea to strengthen systems by training scholars and leaders, developing innovative solutions, and advocating for societal change.