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Barbara A. Yates was the founding and first Director of the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP), serving from 1980 to 1985. She received her PhD in comparative education and history from Columbia University. She is a Professor Emerita in Comparative Education at the University of Illinois and a pioneer in the field of women in international development. Barbara established WGGP through interdisciplinary efforts of the Committee on Women in Development on campus and funding from a Title XII Strengthening Grant of the Foreign Assistance Act.