Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, was recently featured in an opinion column in USA Today written by Al Neuharth. The column, titled, “Neuharth: Women a big factor in new Congress,” discussed the increasing role of women in Congress. Dr. de Silva offered her feedback on this increasing role: “The last election saw the number of women in the U.S. Congress rise to 18.3% in the U.S., but we still lag behind the global average, which the Inter-Parliamentary Union estimates at 20.3% as of Oct. 31, 2012." The Global Women’s Leadership Initiative, and its partner project, the Women in Service Project, are two organizations that work to promote the increase of women in public service by striving to achieve their goal of 50 percent of women public servants by the year 2050. While there is still a long way to go, increases in the number of women in Congress such as the most recent one are sure signs that achieving this goal is more than possible.

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