The Women's Policy Institute is a professional development and mentoring program designed to develop policy, advocacy and strategic communications skills among women who are interested in influencing the policymaking process.
Every year from September through June, the Institute trains women across the state of Rhode Island in how to draft legislation and advocate for policies that will help make our state an equitable place to live.
The members of these cohorts come from all walks of life with many different experience levels in policy work. Alumni include professors, retirees, recent college graduates, urban planners, talk show hosts, public sector employees, city councilwomen, nonprofit leaders, school administrators, small business owners, and even a state senator. Most recently, our Women's Policy Institute cohorts successfully advocated for paid family leave and pregnancy accommodations in the workplace, policies which have now been signed into law on a state-wide level. That's real change.
Our Women's Policy Institute is the second of its kind in the nation that cultivates skills for shaping policy-making at the state level with the goal of increasing the number of women leaders in the state who are actively involved in influencing and applying policies for an equitable Rhode Island. One of those women could be you!
We are pleased to announce that applications for the 2020-2021 session are now available!
"I spoke at my first testimonial. I was nervous but thanks to WFRI's Women's Policy Institute, I knew what I was doing. You taught me so much and equipped me with the tools I need for what I am trying to accomplish."
- Anita B., Class of '19/20