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Much like 1992, 2018 has been hailed as the “Year of the Woman”. Momentum is strong: in the United States, an astonishing number of women have stepped up to run for office and many have broken records in recent elections. Globally, emerging women leaders are taking office as heads of state, high-level ministers, and parliamentarians.

The Women in Public Service Project hosted Lisa Witter, co-founder and CEO of Apolitical, for a Facebook Live discussion on the future of public service and the innovations changing government. Along side Gwen K. Young, Witter discusses the key innovative trends she has seen through her organization's work. 

In this episode, H.E. President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim of Mauritius discusses her goals and insights in promoting women in public service and women in STEM. As a career scientist, entrepreneur, and now public servant, H.E. Gurib-Fakim is working to empower women and young girls to join the STEM fields. 

In celebration of Black History Month, here are 11 amazing African American women in public service. 

Wilson’s voice proved unequivocal in the ultimate passing of the 19th amendment. In a 1918 speech before the Congress, Wilson – for the first time in his time in office – publically endorsed women’s rights to vote. Realizing the vitality of women during the First World War, President Wilson asked Congress, “We have made partners of the women in this war… Shall we admit them only to a partnership of suffering and sacrifice and toil and not to a partnership of privilege and right?”