State Department Launches Women in Public Service Project

The State Department announced “The Women in Public Service Project,” an initiative that pairs the power of public service with the Seven Sisters Colleges to engage and inspire future generations of women leaders.

The Project will identify and educate a new generation of women committed to public service, create an infrastructure of support and mentoring, and help enable more women to enter public service and political leadership, according to the State Department.

To kick-off the initiative, 40 women from 37 countries who serve their communities as elected officials, leaders of nongovernmental organizations, and civil society activists traveled to the United States yesterday to participate in an International Visitor Leadership Program.

During the international exchange, these international women in public service will collaborate with their American counterparts on ways in which to bridge barriers facing women in public service to try to empower a new generation of young women.


Following the 10-day exchange, the women leaders will travel to Washington where they will participate in the Secretary of State’s Women in Public Service colloquium. The colloquium will bring together policymakers and leading thinkers to highlight the urgent need for women in public services and the resources they need to attain positions of leadership.

Updates on the events and the Women in Public Service project can be found on Facebook at or on Twitter @WPSProject.

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