The Global Women’s Leadership Initiative (GWLI) is a unique platform for change-- connecting current and emerging leaders, raising the profile of critical issues, advancing inclusive policies, and bringing new research to the forefront. The GWLI strives to inspire a new generation of women leaders to realize the goal of at least 50 percent women in positions of political, public, and civic leadership by 2050.
Rangita de Silva de Alwis, formerly of Wellesley College, is serving as the GWLI’s first director.
The Women in Public Service Project (WPSP), is the premier program of the Global Women's Leadership Initiative. Launched by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and five leading women’s colleges – Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and Wellesley, the WPSP is housed at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars as of June 2012. Founded in 2011, and now grown to include Scripps, Mills, Mount St. Mary's, City College of New York, and other partner institutions around the word, WPSP is an inititative to advance women to positions of influence in governments and civic organizations worldwide.
WPSP will provide vital momentum to the next generation of women leaders who will invest in their countries and communities, provide leadership for their governments and societies, and help change the way global solutions are developed. This project engages policymakers from around the world and diverse civil society organizations in the interest of identifying and cultivating women leaders who can draw attention to important issues of gender equality.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living, national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs.