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Electing Women Leaders

Date & Time

Jun. 29, 2016
10:00am – 11:00am ET


6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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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

Hosted By

Global Women's Leadership Initiative

The Global Women’s Leadership Initiative has hosted the Women in Public Service Project at the Wilson Center since June, 2012. The Women in Public Service Project will accelerate global progress towards women’s equal participation in policy and political leadership to create more dynamic and inclusive institutions that leverage the full potential of the world’s population to change the way global solutions are forged.  Read more

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