Layli Maparyan

United States

Layli is Executive Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College, one of the nation’s largest and most influential organizations conducting scholarly research and developing action programs centered on women’s and girls’ perspectives. She is a leader in the area of womanism, a social change perspective that focuses on what everyday women from around the world can contribute to global dialogues about social and environmental problems. Womanism is historically rooted in the cultural perspectives of women of color, particularly Africana women, and integrates social, ecological and spiritual dimensions into the change process, with the goal of creating well-being for families and communities.