Dr. Paige MeltzerDr. Paige Meltzer, Director


Paige Meltzer is the founding director of the Women’s Center. Dr. Meltzer holds a Ph.D. in US history from Brown University, an M.A. from Binghamton University, and a B.A. from Hamilton College. She joined Wake Forest from Harvard University’s Program in History & Literature, where her teaching focused on gender, politics, and social movements in the twentieth-century United States. Her forthcoming book, Maternal Citizens: Gender and the Making of Postwar Political Culture, 1945-1960 (UMass Press), provides a gender analysis of the so-called postwar political consensus. Prior to academia, Dr. Meltzer was Policy Director and Interim Executive Director for the Women’s Statewide Legislative Network, a nonprofit dedicated to women’s economic justice issues in Massachusetts; while there, she led the state’s Paid Family Leave Coalition and did advocacy work with a range of groups from grassroots activists to the New England Commissions on the Status of Women. Paige and her family live in Winston-Salem with their cocker spaniel mix, Penny Lane.

Colleen LoftonColleen Lofton, Program Coordinator

Assistant Director

Colleen Lofton received her M.A. from the University of Mississippi in Higher Education/Student Personnel. During her time at the University of Mississippi, she was a Graduate Community Director and served on the Department of  Student Housing Diversity, Social Justice, and Inclusion Committee. A portion of Ms. Lofton’s time at the University of Mississippi also included serving as a practicum student at the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation. As a practicum student there, she focused her work on privilege, specifically white privilege.  Ms. Lofton is also an alumna of the University of North Dakota, where she graduated as a Scholar in the Honors Program and received her B.A. in Political Science.  Ms. Lofton grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota and enjoys reading and watching baseball in her free time.

Women’s Center in the News

Speaker Shares Research on Gender in Brazil, Old Gold & Black, September 29, 2016

Chelsea Clinton hosts Women in Leadership panel at WFU, Wake Forest News, September 13, 2016

NC Women’s Summit Hits Winston-Salem, Time Warner Cable News, September 24, 2015

Women’s Center Will Focus on Gender Gaps, 88.5 WFDD, March 14, 2013

WFU Celebrates Grand Opening of Women’s Center, News 14 Carolina, February 19, 2013

Women’s Center Highlights Gender IssuesOld Gold & Black, February 7, 2013

Director Named for Women’s Center at Wake Forest, January 24, 2013

WFU Launches New Women’s Center, Wake Forest News Center, January 18, 2013