On Thursday, April 13th, the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) hosted the Second Annual Student Research Competition. This annual event gives young women scholars who have conducted research in the field of women’s leadership or political participation the opportunity to present their work at the Wilson Center. The goal is to equip and promote the next generation of female leaders. In addition to their presentation, the students met with the Wilson Center experts Blair Ruble and Schuyler Null and with representative from DC based organizations.

This paper seeks to understand the impact women’s political networks have globally in supporting women overcome the universal cultural and structural barriers they face in engaging in a political career.

It is no question that reaching gender parity in decision-making positions remains a challenge across the globe. By using the data to examine the full landscape of leadership and compare representation within sectors, we develop a more comprehensive understanding of both the barriers and opportunities for leadership each sector presents.

In driving the 2016 Colombian peace deal, the 2017 Hillary R. Clinton Awardees are not only achieving long-awaited peace in their country; but are also closing the gap in women’s leadership in global peace and security.

The Women in Public Service Project and Women@TheTable are pleased to present this report from the conference Breakthrough Barriers: Women in the Public Sphere, which convened women leaders from 24 countries to discuss challenges and opportunities for women's leadership globally and develop concrete solutions to address barriers to leadership.

In this issue: a new year for global gender parity; program highlights from Washington to Geneva; new content tells the stories of women leaders; trending news in women's leadership; upcoming event