Mapping The Foundations: Women in Development (1960s-1990s)

Maha Hassan, Alex Pistolesi, Josie Holland

The Mapping the Foundation Project seeks to create a digital mapping interface tracking the Ford and Rockefeller Foundation's grantmaking history around the world during the Cold War Period. Our research contributes to this project by historically and rhetorically evaluating the role of women in development as it pertained to the Ford Foundation and the global arena between the 1960s and the 1990s. The grants our team studied were sent to organizations in Bangladesh, Kenya, and Colombia. This allowed us to track larger grantmaking trends and analyze the interwoven relationships between population control, family planning, microfinance, and women in development. By doing so, we engaged the discourse around women in development with the Ford Foundations' broader goals of advancing human welfare.


History, Rhetoric and Communication Studies


Nicole Sackley, Timothy Barney