She is One

Behind every statistic, there is a story to tell.

An initiative of the Women in Public Service Project, She is One is sharing the stories of the women behind the numbers.

Each woman leader has a unique experience to share, and together, these individuals drive the global movement toward gender parity. By highlighting the paths they have forged, we hope to inspire emerging leaders to join them and bring us closer to the 50x50 goal of 50% representation by 2050. Join the conversation using #SheIsOne.

Learn more about the numbers driving global gender parity with our Global Women's Leadership Initiative Index.


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Episode 1: Women at the Table

Baroness Catherine Ashton and Ambassador Wendy Sherman

In this episode, Baroness Catherine Ashton and Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman, both key negotiators in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, discuss the role of women as mediators in each and every aspect of their lives. Read More.

Episode 2: Trading Gender Parity

Deputy Ambassador Kirsten Hillman

In this episode, Canada's Deputy Ambassador to the U.S. talks about the importance of gender considerations in international trade and the future of trade policy and practice. Read More.

Episode 3: Parity Through Diplomacy

Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi

In this episode, Kirsti Kauppi, Ambassador of Finland to the United States, discusses what it’s like to be a woman working in foreign relations, what it means to be visible, and the differences between the United States and Finland in gender equality efforts and government institutions. Read more.

Episode 4: A Conversation at a Critical Moment

Chief Justice Cármen Lúcia

In this episode, Chief Justice Carmen Lucia talks about what motivates her as one of few women leaders in the judiciary. Read more.

Episode 5: Innovating Leadership

President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

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. Read more.

Episode 6: Leadership and Rule of Law

Counselor Christiana Tah

In this episode, Counselor Christiana Tah, Former Minister of Justice for Liberia, discusses her lifelong commitment to public service and the responsibility of judiciary leaders to work toward a more inclusive world. Read more.

Episode 7: Planning for Parity

Maimunah Mohd Sharif

In this episode, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, shares strategies to promote education and gender equity in order to build inclusive cities. Read more.

Episode 8: Forging Your Path

Navbahor Imamova

In this episode, International Broadcaster for VOA Uzbek Navbahor Imamova discusses what it was like growing up as a young girl with journalism aspirations in a Muslim Soviet society, the importance of building confidence in your abilities, and navigating a journalism career in a state with limited freedom of the press. Read more.

Episode 9: Breaking Your Own Barriers

Amanda Bennett

In this episode, Voice of America Director Amanda Bennett discusses her experience being a woman in journalism, approaching leadership roles in a male-dominated industry, and how women sometimes subconsciously create barriers for themselves through self-selection. Read more.