The Center for Women’s Policy Studies (CWPS) identifies itself as the first feminist think-tank. It was established in Washington D.C. in 1972 by Jane Roberts Chapman and Margaret Gates. Both women have written extensively on the “victimization of women” and the economic impact of marriage; Chapman has written a great deal on the topic of women in prison.
A member of the National Council of Women’s Organizations, CWPS claims a number of accomplishments. The organization helped push through the Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974, established the National Resource Center on Family Violence, and currently advocates on behalf of women with HIV/AIDS.
CWPS’s ongoing initiatives include a “Contract with the Women of the U.S.A.,” a twelve-point manifesto that supports taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand and exhorts state legislators to endorse a pro-abortion, multiethnic feminist agenda. CWPS’s Foreign Policy Institute for State Legislatures, funded by the MacArthur Foundation, is an outgrowth of the Contract.
CWPS also maintains a program called “Work, Family and Workplace Diversity,” which offers a rationale for race and gender preference in hiring. CWPS’s program on Education and Welfare attempts to create a right to a college education for women on welfare. The Center sponsored a symposium on “Multiethnic Feminist Versions of Fatherhood” in order to counteract the renewed emphasis on the importance of patriarchal families. Under its program on “Reproductive Rights and the Law,” CWPS maintains that publicly funded abortion-on-demand is not only legal, but a sacrosanct right for all women. The Center criticizes HIV testing of, and the criminalization of drug use by, pregnant women. It also advocates the widespread availability of RU-486, the so-called “morning-after pill.”
The Chair of the Board of Directors of CWPS is Bonnie Campbell, one-time Clinton Justice Department appointee, ambassador to the U.N.’s Conference on Women in Beijing, and negotiator for the establishment of the International Criminal Court. The group’s current President is Leslie Wolfe.
CWPS was a Cosponsoring Organization of the April 25, 2004 “March for Women’s Lives” which advocated unrestricted access to taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand. Other CSPW campaigns include the attempt to define rape as a federal hate crime, and efforts to reform the allegedly “gender-biased” Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) that is used as a basis for college admissions.
CWPS receives support for its various programs and initiatives from a broad range of donors, including the American Express Foundation, the AT&T Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and others. The organization also received over $1.2 million in grants during the Clinton administration from the Department of Health and Human Services.