To advance the education of the public in general on the subject of female achievement and/or the obstacles thereto and to promote research in all aspects of these subjects and to publish useful result.
To promote gender equality for the public benefit by advancing education and raising awareness of gender issues.
RESEARCH. Founded in 2004, researchers at the Rhodes Project collect and analyse life histories and careers data from Rhodes Scholars to study the gender gap in leadership. Papers based on analyses of the data have been delivered at premier global conferences for the study of management and organisations including the Academy of Management, the European Group for Organisation Studies, and the Canadian Association of Administrative Sciences. Current research is available in the form of working papers and executive briefings.
PROFILES. Our Profile Series, which boasts more than 220 profiles of women Rhodes Scholars, aims to celebrate the many versions of what women can be by highlighting a diverse range of careers and life paths. Discussions around successful women often involve linear trajectories. Researchers at the Rhodes Project have found that over time elite women follow a variety of life courses. We hope that our Profile Series provides a secure digital platform for women to represent themselves publicly in all their diversity.
BLOG. The Rhodes Project blog "News and Views" is a dynamic platform that provides updates on all areas of our work and features a variety of material relating to women, gender, and feminism ranging from brief articles to creative prose and short videos. We publish original material as well as external submissions from around the world. Beginning in the fall of 2015, we are seeking submissions from senior women Rhodes Scholars. Please email the Contributing Editor, Helen Caldwell, if you would like to tell us in blog form about any aspect of your work or life. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EVENTS. The Rhodes Project organises several events aimed at advancing and celebrating female achievement each year. Past events include commemoration of the first year women's crews raced on the tideway in the historic Oxford versus Cambridge Boat Race (featured right), lectures by world-renowned academics and practitioners working in gender and feminism, workshops with high-achieving women, and talks by Rhodes Project researchers and staff. If you are interested in contributing to our events budget, click here. If you would like to invite the Project to speak or run a workshop or would like to collaborate on an event, please contact our Contributing Editor at email@example.com.
INTERGENERATIONAL EXCHANGE. We work closely with women Rhodes Scholars of all election years and constituencies and aim to connect women across these categories. We believe that intergenerational exchange can create meaningful opportunities for connection, growth, and mentorship. Research shows that career and personal networks are crucial for success and yet women often lack them. To counteract this, we host a number of dinners and networking events for women Rhodes Scholars throughout the year and maintain a database of scholars who have approached us expressing interest in making connections across generations. When appropriate, we make informal introductions.
ACTIVISM & ADVOCACY. In addition to its regular programming, the Rhodes Project is committed to working with the wider movement for gender equality. We therefore actively network with feminists and feminist organisations around the world, building momentum for the women's movement. We believe we are stronger together. Additionally, the Project undertakes special initiatives when needs in our communities arise. Because representation and visibility matter, the Project has, for example, recently commissioned the first portrait of a woman Rhodes Scholar to hang in Rhodes House.
LEGAL ADVICE. In our work with high-achieving women we often encounter those who struggle to reach their full potential due to discrimination, harassment or assault at work or school. We too often encounter women who have experienced abuse and harassment online. At the Rhodes Project, we are passionate about women's rights to equal education and opportunity at work and to safely be visible and active in digital spaces. We believe these forms of violence are impediments to women's achievement and success. We therefore work to dismantle these barriers by offering access to legal advice through McAllister Olivarius, our supporter and an international law firm specializing in employment law, digital reputation, and Title IX litigation.