Electing Women Leaders | Wilson Center
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Electing Women Leaders

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2016 has been a historic year for electing women to public office. In the US, the first woman has become the presumptive presidential nominee from a major political party. In Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen became the first female Prime Minister to take office. In the Marshall Islands, President Hilda Heine became the first female leader of any independent Pacific island nation. In Iran, women now comprise 6% of parliamentarians, a record not seen since before the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

These important milestones highlight both the progress and disparities in our public sector leadership. How do we increase the global percentage of women in public service and capitalize on the progress made thus far? What are the unique challenges that female candidates face? How can we support women to run for office in countries where they are severely underrepresented? Join us as our panel discusses what it takes to elect women to public office and how women can become successful candidates.

This event will be livetweeted and webcast. Follow the Women in Public Service Project Twitter account @WPSProject and contribute to the conversation using the hashtag #ElectWomen

Photo Credit: Flickr/Coventry City Council


  • Michelle Bekkering

    Deputy Assistant Administrator, E3 Bureau and Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, USAID
  • Sandra Pepera

    Director, Gender, Women and Democracy, National Democratic Institute
  • Jessica Reis

    Vice President, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research
  • Gwen K. Young

    Distinguished Fellow