Driving Positive Political and Social Change

Scripps College is taking a leading role in empowering women worldwide to engage in public service. As a full partner in the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP), Scripps is advancing a generation of women leaders who will invest in their countries and communities, provide leadership in their governments, and change the way global solutions are forged.

The project envisions a world in which political and civic leadership is at least 50 percent female by 2050. Training, networking, and mentoring are at the core of the project.

The WPSP was initially developed as a joint effort between the U.S. Department of State and the East Coast “Sister” Colleges—Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and Wellesley. Following the announcement of the project, President Lori Bettison-Varga wrote directly to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton encouraging her to expand the program to include the leadership of Scripps College. The result was the inclusion of Scripps, and later Mount St. Mary’s and Mills Colleges, in the project’s steering committee and the creation of the WPSP Institute for Women’s Leadership in Latin America.

Scripps and Mount St. Mary’s will co-host the institute on their campuses in March 2013 for 10 days. Created in collaboration with Mills College, the institute will bring together emerging women leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean to build critical networks, examine vital policy issues, and develop solutions for overcoming barriers that prevent more women from entering public service and government leadership.

“Women drive positive political and social change in our increasingly interconnected societies, and this institute comes at a dynamic time around the globe and in Latin American countries,” said Bettison-Varga. “California has important ties to this vital region, and the institute offers the opportunity to both build and bolster leadership networks.”

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, based in Washington, D.C., will soon become the permanent home of WPSP, institutionalizing Secretary Clinton’s vision and allowing the initiative to grow. For more information, visit womeninpublicservice.org.


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