Since its inception in 1998, the Center for Women and Work has demonstrated its strong commitment to addressing the gendered conditions of work in several key ways: by designing and implementing programs and projects that foster new ways of thinking about the gendered conditions of work; by encouraging and supporting interdisciplinary linkages across and throughout all of our networks; and by bringing to the forefront the reciprocal relationship between a woman's work and the well-being of communities.
Moreover, the CWW has a synergy with elements of the unique mission of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, including promoting sustainable regional economic and social development and fostering persity. CWW is acutely attuned to the negative impact of gendered work conditions, and we believe that fully productive and sustainable societies are not possible as long as workplace and economic barriers for women remain. CWW not only focuses on how economic opportunities vary by gender but also seeks to understand how work issues are related to race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, age, and disability status. The Center is, therefore, dedicated to fostering creative links that benefit individuals in their personal and societal networks, advancing social innovations that benefit communities, and encouraging and supporting intellectual risk-taking to produce sustainable strategies that work toward greater equity and that make all people's lives healthier and more rewarding.