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Women in Public Service Project Joins Forces with Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Oakland, CA–June 22, 2012 The Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) announced today that it is joining forces with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. WPSP was co-founded by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the US Department of State, and five leading women’s colleges—Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and Wellesley.

The Wilson Center will become the permanent home of WPSP, institutionalizing Secretary Clinton’s vision and allowing the initiative to grow to reach its goal of 50 percent female public servants worldwide by 2050.

Since its launch, the WPSP has grown to include other academic institutions, organizations, and training opportunities for women. In December of last year, President Alecia DeCoudreaux announced that Mills College would join the Women in Public Service Project in partnership with Scripps College and Mount St. Mary’s College.

“As Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton recently pointed out, women make up less than 10 percent of world leaders,” said President DeCoudreaux. “Together, with all the partners of the Women in Public Service Program, we are compelled by a shared vision—to advance women’s political participation by educating a new generation of women in public service who are prepared to help bring lasting solutions to the challenges we face around the world.”

In 2013, Mills, Scripps, and Mount St. Mary’s will host a WPSP Institute focused on women from Latin America; pairing the power of public service with California-based women’s institutions to engage and inspire future generations of women leaders in the United States and around the world.

The WPSP was announced by Secretary Clinton in April 2011. For further information about the Women in Public Service Project and its programs, please visit For more information about the Wilson Center, visit


Last Updated: 6/22/12