WPSP Celebrates “50x50 @ 5 Years”

Leaders to Discuss How Data Promotes Gender Parity
50x50 at Five Years

WASHINGTON — The Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will convene high-level women and men from the public and private sectors around the world at an invitation-only event on December 7. The event, 50x50 @ 5 Years, will celebrate the program’s five-year anniversary by discussing data-driven progress and public-private partnerships in the movement toward global gender parity in public service leadership.

The discussion will take place through three panels about the importance of data, the role of the private sector in gender parity, and the influencers driving the movement toward global gender parity. The event will also include interviews conducted by author Jay Newton-Small and Cosmo for Latinas founding editor Michelle Herrera Mulligan, as well as a musical performance by artist and women’s rights activist Madame Gandhi.

WPSP was established in 2011 by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Department of State in partnership with five of the Seven Sisters colleges. The project works to accelerate global progress toward the goal of “50x50”: 50% representation of women in significant elected and appointed policy and political leadership positions by 2050. 50x50 @ 5 Years will focus on how data and public-private partnerships can further this goal.

“Data is essential to creating change and propelling gender parity,” WPSP Director Gwen K. Young said. “Numbers matter. Representation matters, and data on that representation matters. This event will start an important discussion on where the data is, how we can use it, and what data is missing.”

Panels will be comprised of leaders in the global movement toward gender parity, to include: His Excellency Ambassador Björn Lyrvall, Ambassador of Sweden to the United States; The Honorable Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO of the Wilson Center; Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, Founder and Chairman of JOYUS and founder of #choosepossibility and theBoardlist; The Honorable Dr. Claudia Escobar, Former Magistrate of the Court of Appeals of Guatemala; The Honorable Lauri J. Fitz-Pegado, Partner at The Livingston Group; Laura Cox Kaplan, Former Partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers; and Leocadia I. Zak, Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.

They will be joined by representatives from academia, the private sector, and multilateral organizations, including L’Oreal USA, Ketchum, Spotify, the Coca-Cola Company, UNDP, OECD, the World Bank, the Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

“The Women in Public Service Project aims to be a global information hub, and we’re compiling unique data and analysis on women in all levels of public service positions worldwide,” Young said. “This event is a celebration of the successes of WPSP and other organizations working toward gender parity, but it’s also an opportunity to assess the work that’s left to do using the lens of global data.”

More information is available at www.50x50Movement.org. A livestream of the event can be viewed online at 12 p.m. on December 7 via www.wilsoncenter.org, and the conversation will be tracked on social media using #50x50atFive.