Ogundipe-Leslie is an internationally recognized writer and public speaker. Specializing in gender, feminist and critical theory, she has been invited to give gender perspectives to some of the leading centers for research and policy analysis. She was the director of the women's studies program at Purdue, and the sixth occupant of the Laurie New Jersey Chair in women's studies at Rutgers. She has taught at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria; Northwestern University; the University of California at Berkeley; and the University of Toronto.
A major figure in academia since the 1960's, Ogundipe-Leslie's writing has appeared in several authoritative anthologies including The UNESCO General History of Africa, Vol. 5; The Penguin Book of Modern African Poetry; Voices from 20th Century Africa; and Daughters of Africa. She has also published a book of collected essays titled Recreating Ourselves: African Women and Critical Transformations, and was a co-editor of Moving Beyond Boundaries, an anthology on women of the African diaspora.
As a founding member of the International Women for a Meaningful Summit (WMS), Ogundipe-Leslie has participated at international peace summits, and presented women's perspectives to presidents Reagan and Gorbachev. She is the co-founder of the Association of African Women for Research and Development (AAWORD), and has worked on the African Academy of Sciences' (Kenya) Special Commission on Africa.