Led by Dr. Valerie Hudson of Texas A&M University, WomanStats is a pioneering network of scholars researching how women’s security and status interrelate with their countries’ security and behavior. In 2016, the Compton Foundation made a grant to Dr. Hudson’s work as part of an initiative to mainstream the use of a gender lens in U.S. foreign policy and national security. The grant had two goals: to advance WomanStats’ research agenda, and to help Dr. Hudson leverage her unique position at the George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service to educate policymakers across the political spectrum on the relevance of gender to national security. Over the grant period, Dr. Hudson published new research showing how rising bride prices can fuel recruitment for violent extremist groups; consulted with civil society and government officials on implementation of the new Women, Peace, and Security Act; and finished her forthcoming book, which links women’s status on the household level to their country’s peacefulness, health and environmental outcomes, and more.
In 2016, the Compton Foundation made a two-year general support grant of $100,000 to advance research, education, and advocacy linking women’s security and national security.
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