Re:Gender, formerly National Council for Research on Women, was established in 1981 by a group of feminist researchers who were looking to connect their similar organizations and promote research by and about women. With Mariam K. Chamberlain  as the founding president, they created a membership organization that served as a clearinghouse to facilitate collaboration among researchers and share information with the general public.
During the late 1980s and 1990s, the organization expanded to become a platform for academic feminist research on issues of identity via publications such as “Risk, Resiliency, and Resistance: Current Research on Adolescent Girls;” “Sexual Harassment: Research & Resources;” “To Reclaim a Legacy of Diversity;” “Who’s Where and Doing What” Directory; “Immigration: Women and Girls, Where Do They Land?;” and “Who Benefits, Who Decides?: An Agenda for Improving Philanthropy.”
In the late 90s, the organization began to amplify its base by extending the strong community of academic centers and researchers to include corporate and higher education leaders. Collectively they created programming to advance women into leadership positions. Plans for the organization’s Presidents Circle —a network of current and former college, university and university system presidents and chancellors—began in 1994. It was designed to expand the organization’s reach into academic leadership and deepen connections for member organizations within campuses. The Corporate Circle , launched in 2000, was designed to augment corporations’ diversity and inclusion initiatives by facilitating access to academic research.
Over the next 12 years, the organization held more convenings that led to notable reports, collaborations and events, including the “Summit on Higher Education and Diversity,” as the culmination of the study, “The Impact of Leadership on Expanding Gender and Racial Diversity in Higher Education;” “Balancing the Equation: Where Are Women and Girls in Science, Engineering and Technology? ;” Missing: Information About Women’s Lives ;” “Taxes Are a Women’s Issue: Reframing the Debate ;” “Gains and Gaps: A Look at the World’s Women ;” “Women in Fund Management: A Road Map for Achieving Critical Mass—and Why it Matters ;” The Challenge and the Charge: Strategies for Retaining and Advancing Women of Color” summits and report  by the same name; and “Caring for Our Nation’s Future: The Impact of ARRA Funding on Access to Childcare .”
In 2013, following a national listening tour and intensive strategic planning process, the organization developed a new vision  and structure. It transformed from a member organization to an expanded cross-sector network  of individuals  and institutions  that are working to better connect and align academic research and the practical information needs of policy, advocacy, corporate and community groups. It adapted to apply a broad gender lens focused on issues in three interconnected focus areas—Identity, Economic Well-Being and Thriving Environments. As the final phase of the planning process, the organization’s network was engaged to help select a new name, and National Council for Research on Women became  Re:Gender.
Re:Gender continues to grow, dovetailing its leadership programming with new multi-year initiatives—on gender and precarity  in 2014 and the social construction of gender as well as gender, sex and sexual violence  in 2015.
We invite you to extend this legacy: join our network  and advance gender equity.