Our Mission

Advancing Women’s Leadership for a Just World

The Institute for Women's Leadership is a consortium of nine units at Rutgers-New Brunswick dedicated to the study of women and gender, to advocacy on behalf of gender equity, and to the promotion of women’s leadership locally, nationally and globally.

Video: Changing Ideas About Leadership

Current students and alumnae discuss how the Institute for Women's Leadership has impacted them and changed their ideas about leadership.

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What People Are Saying


"The work I have seen from the IWL staff proves the importance of women’s involvement in leadership. The energy and sense of empowerment that comes from women working together is something truly inspiring and something I have seen time and time again here at the IWL."

Carly Rizza

IWL Social Media Intern, Spring 2018


"My experience as a WINGS mentee has been incredible. I not only had the chance to gain JoEllyn as a mentor and friend, but I had the opportunity to work with and get to know other phenomenal leaders. I advise everyone to take advantage of this opportunity, you not only learn more about yourself but you gain a strong support system."

Shaniya Wilson-Harper

WINGS Wells Fargo Mentee, 2017-2018


"When I attend meetings or programs at IWL, I leave inspired and excited by the robust conversations. IWL provides students, and the community at large, a unique forum to engage in an impactful way in support of women’s leadership."

Wendy Murphy

IWL Advisory Board Member


"The WINGS program has been one of the best experiences of my senior year. My relationship with my mentor, Courtney, was absolutely inspiring. Through her story and insight into the workforce, I was able to gain much more knowledge on what it is like being a woman in a corporate environment. I plan to keep in touch with Courtney after graduation and hope that mentees in the future create life-long relationships as I did."

Silmari Mendez

WINGS Wells Fargo Mentee, 2017-2018


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