RAND Women to Watch

Peggy Chen, photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation

Peggy Chen is a practicing general pediatrician and health services researcher

Photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation

Women have been at the core of RAND's success since its earliest days. The diversity of talent and experience among women at RAND is reflected in the quality and impact of their research. They have developed strategies to help hospitals increase critical care capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic. They've investigated the role of structural racism in shaping economic disparities in labor markets. And their work has addressed complex policy questions such as how to deliver education to Syrian refugees and counter sexual assault and sexual harassment in the U.S. military.

Cynthia Gonzalez, director of Pardee RAND Graduate School's Community-Partnered Policy and Action stream

Cynthia Gonzalez is director of Pardee RAND Graduate School's Community-Partnered Policy and Action academic stream

This Month's Woman to Watch

Sarah B. Hunter

Sarah B. Hunter

Director, RAND Center on Housing and Homelessness in Los Angeles; Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist

Sarah Hunter is director of the RAND Center on Housing and Homelessness in Los Angeles, a senior behavioral scientist, and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her primary areas of interest are improving services for vulnerable populations, building community capacity for evidence-based program delivery, continuous quality improvement, health care integration, implementation science, and program evaluation. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and RAND publications in a wide range of fields. In the video below, she describes a recent study involving veterans who were homeless in West Los Angeles.

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Selected Research and Commentary

Our Work Addresses Key Policy Questions About Gender

Gender Equity in the Workplace

Despite gains in recent decades, women continue to receive lower pay, experience lower workforce participation, and may miss career advancement opportunities due to motherhood. RAND's research has examined the challenges and discrimination women face in many settings, as well as the impact of parenting and family life on career outcomes.

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Women's Health

Women have unique health needs, and face inequity in both quality and outcomes of health care. RAND's work has highlighted gender gaps in health care access and quality, measured the health needs of specific female populations, evaluated programs aimed at improving outcomes, and demonstrated how policy impacts women's options.

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Female Populations

Women and girls face barriers to fully participating in society, including gender-based and intimate-partner violence, sexual assault, unmet health needs, and discrimination. RAND research has examined the needs of women refugees and migrants, gender disparities in health care, the effects of homelessness on women, and the impact of stress on girls.

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Notable Women in RAND's History

Rose Gottemoeller

Gottemoeller is an American diplomat who served as Deputy Secretary General of NATO from 2016 to 2019, the first woman ever appointed to that post. She was a researcher at RAND from 1977 to 1993. Learn more »

Nicole Lurie

Lurie is a physician, professor, and public health official who was appointed as the U.S. director of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), the global partnership to develop vaccines to stop future epidemics, in May 2021. She previously served as the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response during the Obama administration. While at RAND from 2002 to 2009, she was the Paul O'Neill Alcoa Professor of Health Policy. Learn more »

Susan L. Marquis

Marquis served as the Frank and Marcia Carlucci Dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School from 2008 until 2021 and vice president of innovation at RAND from 2012 to 2021. Under her leadership, Pardee RAND completed a reimagining and redesign that doubled the size of its incoming cohort and transformed its curriculum. She is the author of the book I Am Not a Tractor!: How Florida Farmworkers Took on the Fast Food Giants and Won.

Helen Morris

Morris says that working at RAND was the best job she ever had. She joined Project RAND in 1946, then located in the Drafting Loft at the Douglas Aircraft Company. Her work included computing optimum trajectories to go into orbit, calculations for the first RAND report, Preliminary Design of an Experimental World-Circling Spaceship. She would become the first woman to receive a physics degree from the University of Washington. Learn more »

Terri Tanielian

Tanielian was appointed as Special Assistant to the President for Veterans Affairs in March 2021. Prior to her White House role, she was a senior behavioral scientist at RAND, where she led studies examining the needs of the military community. She also served as a RAND Congressional Fellow with the House Committee on Veterans Affairs where she informed evidence-based policymaking designed to reduce veteran suicide.

Christine Wormuth

Wormuth was appointed the 25th Secretary of the U.S. Army, the first woman to hold the Army's top civilian post. She was previously a senior fellow at RAND, director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center, and an expert on foreign policy, national security, and homeland security issues. Prior to RAND, she served as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy during the Obama administration.

Tora Bikson

Bikson was a nationally known advocate for ethics in social science research who worked at RAND from 1974 to 2013. She was among the first experts to address the United States' rules for human subjects protection in research in the social and behavioral sciences. Learn more »

Susan (Sue) Hosek

Hosek was a senior economist who held several leadership roles at RAND and was pivotal in launching the Pittsburgh office. Over her long career, she led or contributed to RAND's most noteworthy studies that sought to improve support for U.S. military personnel, veterans, and their families.

Leona Woods Marshall Libby

Libby was an American physicist who helped build the first nuclear reactor. She worked at RAND from the mid-1960s to 1976. Learn more »

Margaret Mead

Mead was an American cultural anthropologist. She studied Russian culture and attitudes toward authority while at RAND from 1948 to 1950. Learn more »

Melinda Moore

Moore's research focused on global health issues, mainly infectious diseases, health security, and public health preparedness. Her extraordinary career included 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, five years at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and 14 years at RAND. Learn more »

Nancy Nimitz

Nimitz joined RAND in 1952 and specialized in economic studies of Soviet agriculture. Her work involved research on Soviet national income and product.

Roberta Wohlstetter

Wohlsetter first published at RAND in 1948. She was a military historian best known for her book Pearl Harbor: Warning and Decision, considered by many to be the definitive analysis of the intelligence failures that led to the attack. Learn more »

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