Women's Leadership Interview Archives


This interview collection is comprised of written transcripts of interviews that IWL Leadership Scholars have conducted with women leaders. These transcripts are resources for researchers in the field of women’s leadership, for students interested in challenges and successes women face in leadership, and for practitioners and policy makers working on women’s issues. Broad areas the interviews cover include work and family issues; definitions of leadership; the ways that race, class, and gender influence access to, and exercise of, leadership; and generational issues in leadership. Since the inception of the Leadership Scholars Certificate Program in the fall of 1999, our students have conducted annual interviews with outstanding women leaders.


  • Demonstrate and showcase women's leadership, making visible women's accomplishments, their approaches, and reflections on leadership for social change;
  • Examine what young leaders want to know about women's leadership for social change;
  • Increase awareness of interviews as a valuable vehicle for learning about leadership; and
  • Explore and analyze how leadership for social change varies in diverse contexts.
Deborah Gray White
Board of Governors Professor of History and Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University
Ruth Mandel
Former Director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Co-founder of Eagleton's Center for American Women and Politics
Michellene Davis
President and CEO of National Medical Fellowships
Dázon Dixon Diallo
Founder and President of SisterLove, Inc
Johanna Calle
Senior Policy Advisor, Office of New Americans, New Jersey Department of Human Services
Vivian Pinn
Former Director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health
Cecile Richards
Former President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, American Pro-Choice Activist
Yakin Ertürk 
Former United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Human Rights Activist
Navneet Bhalla
Manavi Executive Director, Former Attorney, Human Rights Activist
June Cross
Writer and Documentary Producer
Brittney Cooper
Black Feminist Theorist and Author, Rutgers Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies and Africana Studies
cheryl clarke
Cheryl Clarke
Black Lesbian Poet, Educator and Activist
Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend, Founder of Women’s Tennis Association, the Women’s Sports Association, and owner of World Team Tennis
Gloria Bachmann
Leading Expert in Obstetrics and Gynecology; Professor of Medicine, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Barbara Krumsiek
Chairperson, CEO and President of Calvert Asset Management Company
Adrienne Germain
Senior Advisor and Former President, International Women’s Health Coalition
Samhita Mukhopadhyay
Samhita Mukhopadhyay
Writer, Speaker and Technologist, Former Executive Editor of Feministing.com
Marien Pabellon
Marien Casillas Pabellon
Leader, New Labor organization, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Catherine Stanford
Catherine Stanford
Union leader, Rutgers (AAUP-AFT), Cultural Anthropologist, Vice-President, Who is My Neighbor Inc
Bonnie Kerness
Bonnie Kerness
Founder and Coordinator, the Prison Watch Project
Mahnaz Afkhami
Mahnaz Afkhami
Former Minister of Women’s Affairs, Iran
Patricia Brentano
Patricia Brentano
Artist and Environmentalist
Alison Bechdel
Alison Bechdel
Cartoonist and Author
Faith Ringgold
Artist, Activist, and Storyteller
Vivian Stringer
C. Vivian Stringer
Hall of Fame Head Coach, Rutgers University’s Women’s Basketball Team
Mary S. Hartman
Historian, Founding Director of the Institute for Women’s Leadership; Former Dean, Douglass College
Christine Todd Whitman
Former New Jersey Governor
Charlotte Bunch
Charlotte Bunch
Women’s and human rights activist. Distinguished Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Founding director, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University


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