Gender Equality

Will Women Decide the Brazilian Election? The Potential Impact of Female Voters and Candidates

Women could play a decisive role in determining who wins the presidential race in Brazil this fall. As many as one-third of female voters are currently undecided and half reject the current front-runner, Congressman Jair Bolsonaro. Leading male candidates, ostensibly in an effort to gain women votes, are choosing female running mates.

The Link Between Corruption and Gender Inequality: A Heavy Burden for Development and Democracy

Corruption, understood as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain, is a major obstacle for sustainable economic development in Latin America. It endangers democracy, equality, the rule of law, ethical values, and justice. Furthermore, many forms of gender inequality are closely linked to high levels of corruption.

NATO Rep: “Peace and Security Are Not Just a Man’s World”

The NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for Women, Peace, and Security, Clare Hutchinson, discusses how women and gender considerations are becoming critical components of international security planning and policy in organizations such as NATO and the United Nations. Her thoughts on NATO’s commitment to closing the gender gap provides the focus for this edition of Wilson Center NOW.


TEDx: Gwen Young on Pathways to Women’s Leadership

The Wilson Center’s Women in Public Service Project has filled a crucial empirical gap on the road toward gender parity. In a recent TEDx talk, Director Gwen K. Young described the effort to compile data, extract new insight, and create a tool for promoting equality. That tool is the first global index to measure not only where women are in public service leadership, but the pathways they took and the power they hold.

Wilson Center Scholar Malu Gatto on Female Representation in Brazilian Legislature

Malu Gatto is currently a Fellow at the History and Public Policy Program at the Wilson Center. She is also a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Political Science of the University of Zurich. Her current research project at the Wilson Center, “Establishing Women in the Anti-Establishment Era,” addresses the question of whether and how women’s political participation and ambition change in times of crises of representation.

Sweden: The World’s 'First Feminist Government'

Karin Olofsdotter is the first woman to serve as Sweden’s ambassador to the United States. She explains how her country has taken its gender equality agenda to the international stage by integrating gender considerations into all aspects of foreign policy decision-making. Find out why Sweden claims the mantle of the “world’s first feminist government” in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.


She is One Episode 7: Planning for Parity

Behind every statistic, there is a story to tell.

An initiative of the Women in Public Service Project, She is One is sharing the stories of the women behind the numbers. Join the conversation using #SheIsOne.

Learn more about the numbers driving global gender parity with our Global Women's Leadership Initiative Index.

Perspectives on Gender Parity: Solutions Across Sectors and Borders

With the launch of a feminist foreign policy in 2014, Sweden has taken national progress to the international stage by integrating gender considerations into all aspects of foreign policy decision-making. At the forefront of this effort in the United States is Ambassador Karin Olofsdotter, the first woman to represent Sweden as ambassador in Washington.

The Women in Public Service Project was pleased to welcome Ambassador Olofsdotter to the Wilson Center for a conversation on driving progress toward gender parity through diplomacy.

Gwen K. Young Among 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy

Gwen K. Young, Director of the Global Women's Leadership Initiative and Women in Public Service Project at the Wilson Center, is recognized as one of the leading voices in global gender policy today as Apolitcal announced its inaugural list of the world's 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy in 2018.

According to Apolitical, "the list honors and celebrates women and men making the world more equitable, whether they exert their influence through policymaking, research, advocacy or however else."