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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.

This International Women’s Day, join the Women in Public Service Project and POLITICO as we bring together experts, strategists, and pollsters to decode the complex factors that influence women’s pathways to leadership and what this could mean for the U.S. midterm elections in November.

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.