Public Events

The impact of women's voices in decisions-making transcends sectors and industries, and few global leaders have more direct experience with this than President Gurib-Fakim. The first woman to be President of Mauritius and one of only four women presidents in Africa, President Gurib-Fakim is also an internationally acclaimed scientist and dedicated advocate for engaging women and girls in STEM innovation.

On July 24, the Women in Public Service Project at the Wilson Center hosted a book event with former Wilson Center Fellow Dr. Marjorie J. Spruill, author of the book Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women's Rights and Family Values that Polarized American Politics to discuss the findings of her research that led to the publication of this book.

The Women in Public Service Project hosted a conversation with Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi and Distinguished Fellow at the Wilson Center, and civil society leaders on how to advance women’s leadership in Africa.

The Women in Public Service Project, Plan International USA, and the Environmental Change and Security Program hosted a timely conversation that will highlight major initiatives filling the gender data gap. These efforts seek to connect data to action, catalyzing effective interventions by advocates, policymakers, and implementers and fueling progress toward gender equality.

WPSP hosted the Public Leadership Education Network's first Daily Diplomacy: A Discussion with Women Ambassadors. During this discussion, women ambassadors spoke about their extensive experience working in the highest positions within the foreign policy sphere. Through this moderated Q&A session, the audience got an inside look into the professional lives, skills, and experiences of some of the most powerful women policymakers in the international field.

The first in a nationwide series of launches, this event marked the introduction of a data driven approach to advancing women’s representation in policy and political leadership. The event included an analysis of the findings from five initial case studies around national level data from the United States, Canada, Sweden, Germany, and the United Kingdom, as well as a panel discussion with WPSP Data Partners about the data landscape, noticeable gaps in the numbers, and opportunities to leverage this data to drive institutional change toward global gender parity.