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Stephens to join Women in Public Service Project

September 11, 2013

Stephens College has joined the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP), a program of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.

Founded in 2011 by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in partnership with the historic Seven Sisters Colleges, the WPSP is an innovative program that aims to boost the number of women in leadership roles. Stephens becomes the 12thcollege to become a full academic partner in the network, which also partners with the U.S. Department of State.
“WPSP provides strategic investment in and international visibility to women's leadership around the globe — a mission and set of commitments consistent with those of Stephens College,” Stephens President Dianne Lynch said.  “Individually, each institution and every sector has a role to play in increasing women's influence and position. Collectively, we have the potential to help change the world—one political system, economy and culture at a time.”
The WPSP envisions a world in which women occupy at least half of political and civic leadership roles by 2050. To accomplish this goal, the WPSP challenges communities to advance a new generation of women committed to public service; brings together leaders, educators and public servants from around the globe who are committed to the goal; and makes recommendations to implement creative solutions to increase the number of women who aspire to public leadership.
The WPSP hosts symposiums that bring together emerging women leaders around pressing issues. The symposiums provide a platform for participants to discuss constitution-making, new developments, best practices and opportunities for changes in laws and policies in their communities and countries. This summer, Clinton delivered the keynote address at the WPSP Institute at Bryn Mawr College, a founding partner. Among other global institutes and symposia, the WPSP will host a Summer 2014 Leadership Institute with the Harpswell Foundation and Pannasastra University, Cambodia in Phnom Penh.
The WPSP also promotes two-way and peer-to-peer mentoring and publishes Journeys to Leadership: Narratives from the Ground to showcase the stories of WPSP global network members.
“By joining the WPSP as a full partner, Stephens College joins other leading academic partners and government entities in heeding an urgent call to action for women’s leadership in public service throughout the world,” said Rangita de Silva de Alwis, director of the WPSP, “and has positioned itself as a powerful platform for women’s leadership globally."

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