Topic: Gender

Sex Problems as Social Problems: The Bureau of Social Hygiene, 1911-1934

One philanthropist’s interest in reforming prostitution created a scientific organization focused on connecting sex and crime.

The Women Pioneers of Global Nursing Education Who Built the Rockefeller Foundation Program

A massive program in nursing education extended to 53 schools across the globe. But it never became a top priority of the foundation that supported it.

A “Constructive and Important Failure”: A Foundation Funds Job Training in the 1970s and 1980s

Prompted by Reagan-era budget cuts, a new program serving low-income single parents receiving public aid failed to meet its constituents’ needs.

Photo of Hillcrest, the home of the Rockefeller Archive Center

New Research: Malaria Control in Palestine, Japanese Women’s Intellectual Networks, the Congress for Cultural Freedom, and Human Rights

New RAC Research Reports draw from the holdings of the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund and more.

The Fairy Godmothers of Women’s Studies

Moving scholarship by and about women from margin to center.

In Brief: Manels Before #MeToo

A foundation’s early criticism of the all-male conference panel, before #nomoremanels

In Brief: The 1995 Beijing Women’s Conference

The global conversation about women’s issues takes a big step forward.

Programming for the People: Diversity in Early Public Television

How philanthropy helped carve out a public space for the expression of race, culture, and critical perspectives.

In Brief: James Baldwin’s Creative Writer’s Fellowship

How a foundation provided the final ingredient to an era-defining novel.

Funding a Sexual Revolution: The Kinsey Reports

The inside story of the study that first questioned binary sexuality and spurred outcry and controversy.