Gender Equality

International Women’s Day 2017: A Day Without a Woman

On International Women’s Day 2017, Global Women’s Leadership and Women in Public Service Project Director, Gwen Young explains the national protest called, “A Day Without a Woman.”

Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Madame President Book CoverWhen Ellen Johnson Sirleaf won the 2005 Liberian presidential election, she demolished a barrier few thought possible, obliterating centuries of patriarchal rule to become the first female elected head of state in Africa’s history.

International Women's Day: Private Sector Perspectives

The private sector knows that gender parity in leadership is important: more women are on boards of multi-national companies, and research shows that diverse leadership can lead to better financial results and better productivity. Gender-balanced companies perform better financially, particularly when women occupy a significant proportion of top management positions.

Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women's Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics

Forty years ago, two women's movements drew a line in the sand between liberals and conservatives. The legacy of that rift is still evident today in American politics and social policies.

Women Behind the Scenes: How Modernity is Catching on Before Law in the United Arab Emirates

On February 3, 2017 the Women in Public Service Project and Middle East Program hosted a panel discussion on “Women Behind the Scenes: How Modernity is Catching on Before Law in the United Arab Emirates” with Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Al-Qasimi, the Minister of State for Tolerance of the UAE, and Kent Davis-Packard, Adjunct Professor, Middle East Studies and American Foreign Policy Programs, the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. Gwen K.

Advancing Women Leaders in Africa: A Discussion with Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda, Former President of Malawi

Africa needs a critical mass of skilled leaders to address the opportunities and challenges the continent faces. Leaders are born; yet 80% of the women leaders born in rural parts of Africa go unrecognized largely because, from day one, girls are born into a political, cultural and social environment that inhibits their development into well-equipped female leaders. In order to make policies that benefit all of society, then all of society must be a part of decision-making and given opportunities to lead.

50x50 @ 5 Years

Please note: attendance at this event is invitation-only, but all panels will be streaming live on this page! We invite you to join us here or on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and to take part in the conversation using #50x50atFive!

What Does the World Expect of President-elect Trump: Women's Leadership

Challenges in women’s political and policy leadership:

  • Electing and appointing women leaders at the local and national levels
  • Encouraging women to pursue policy and political leadership
  • Fostering a supportive and empowering environment for women in leadership positions

Q: What is the greatest challenge facing the movement toward gender parity in the U.S. and globally?