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For links to other interesting sites concerning women and leadership in local and international politics please select the topics below:

Women and Leadership Women and Global Leadership
General Leadership Institutes and Opportunities Political Leadership Institutes and Opportunities
Civic and Social Leadership Institutes and Opportunities Leadership Opportunities for Young Women and Minorities
Women, Government, and Global Politics Higher Education
United Nations Resources Research on Women and Society
Research on Women and Labor Media Sources
Puget Sound Resources Government in Washington State



Women and Leadership

NEW Leadership Program at Rutgers University educates and empowers young women to participate actively in politics and public policy making. The Initiative connects students to the worlds of policy makers and community activists to engage them in shaping the public agenda.

Institute for Women’s Leadership is a consortium of six women’s programs at Rutgers University. The IWL studies how and why women lead; and develops and promotes programs that prepares women of all ages to lead effectively.

Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) is a national consortium of women’s colleges working together to educate women for public leadership. PLEN believes that women’s participation is critical in shaping public policy in communities, the nation and the world.

The Women’s Center offers the Women in Public Policy Internship, helping college women prepare for careers in public policy by providing professional work experience.

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Women and Global Leadership

Center for Women’s Global Leadership develops and facilitates women’s global leadership toward women’s human rights and social justice worldwide.

Council of Women World Leaders is a network of current and former women heads of state and heads of government established in 1997 by Founding Chair Vigdms Finnbogadsttir, former President of Iceland, and Laura Liswood, Council Secretary General.

Women and Parliaments: The International Parliamentary Union is the world organization of parliaments of sovereign States. It was established in 1889. The Union is the focal point for worldwide parliamentary dialogue and works for peace and co-operation among peoples and for the firm establishment of representative democracy and focuses on gender balance in parliaments as one of its issues.

Women in Decision Making – European provides information about women in political decision-making positions in the European Union. Data are collected on national and regional levels of Member States as well as on the European level, including the EU-Parliament and other selected European Institutions.

Center for Development and Population Activities is a women-focused nonprofit international organization founded in 1975. CEDPA’s mission is to empower women at all levels of society to be full partners in development. Women’s Leadership Project is Center’s newest project designed to ensure that women have the leadership skills and tools to develop institutions, reach policy-makers and mobilize communities.

The STAR Network of World Learning provides encouragement, financial support and technical assistance to locally led initiatives that advance women’s economic and political leadership in the post-Yugoslav region. Through a regional advisory board, expertise exchanges, workshops and regional forums, STAR Network supports women’s leadership of practical collaborations in political participation, enterprise development, and prevention of violence and trafficking that will lead to a future of peace and democracy.

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General Leadership Institutes and Opportunities

Coro Fellows Program helps students develop an understanding of leadership and decision-making by working on challenging issues with the powerful individuals and institutions that influence our communities.

Leadership America is a national, not-for-profit organization that recognizes,  educates and connects accomplished and diverse women to increase their individual and collective impact globally.

Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership at the University of Rochester is a part of the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies. Anthony Center strives for a cohesive network of women-related groups and activities in the Rochester area. Programs: Women Leading Local Government-designed to support women in New York State government by sharing information on domestic violence, women’s health, child support, the environment and education.

Elisabeth Somers Women’s Leadership Program at George Washington University focuses on educational and professional advancement of women especially in areas where women are underrepresented. Leadership Programs include the further exploration of the topic within the wider context such as Women in Arts,  Women in International Leadership,  Women in Science and Technology,  Women in US Policy and Politics and Women and Leadership.

Women’s Leadership Project The purpose of the Harvard-Radcliffe Women’s Leadership Project is to foster the effective leadership of a diverse group of women. The Project aims to impact both individuals and organizations at various developmental stages in order to nurture meaningful experiences on campus and beyond.

The International Youth Leadership Conference is held annually in Prague, Czech Republic. Its simulations of global organizations give youth an opportunity to develop leadership skills and experience.
One World Now! fosters global leadership in economically disadvantaged youth through programs such as non-traditional language study,  multicultural education,  and study abroad.

The National Student/Parent Mock Election is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works closely with educators and parents to combat voter apathy.

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Political Leadership Institutes and Opportunities

The Institute for a Democratic Future seeks to develop and promote emerging generations of Democratic and civic leaders in Washington State.

League of Conservation Voters Environmental Training Institute is an intensive five-day program that actively engages environmental activists in learning to run successful grassroots campaigns.

Democracy Matters informs and engages college students and communities in efforts to strengthen democracy in the United States. With campus-based chapters throughout the country, Democracy Matters focuses on the issue of private money in politics and other pro-democracy reforms.

Women in Leadership provides a bi-partisan coalition to advocate strong, moderate, pro-choice women of county, state or federal levels. The purpose of the WIL organization is to identify, select and support electable women of both parties and provide appropriate assistance to promote their candidacies.

Women’s Leadership Forum of the Democratic National Committee emerged as a strong and reliable force within the Democratic Party dedicated to serving women. The new opportunities for women to participate in political process are built through the network of women leaders and activists.

Women’s Team of the Republican National Committee provides a forum where women can learn about and take action to support the Republican National Committee.

International Women’s Democracy Center trains women worldwide how to run for elected office, how to manage campaigns and how to access communications technology. IWDC facilitates training workshops on campaign management and issue advocacy, research on women’s political leadership, and fundraising and networking for women leaders as they succeed in public service.

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Civic and Social Leadership Institutes and Opportunities

Midway University acts as an advocate for a climate of engagement with leadership and diversity in the learning community of the College. The Center acts to develop information resources for the College and the broader community to support a wide range of issues involving women, leadership, and community.

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership based at the Loyola University Chicago, posses a wide range of activities committed to the advancement of women in higher education. The center’s mission is to chronicle, celebrate, research, criticize, present, and nurture the roles of women in positions of leadership–past,  present and future.

Women’s Leadership Development Program is a part of the Institute for Public Administration at the University of Delaware. Program focuses on individual development and is based on belief that individuals can expand their leadership capacities through learning and growing.

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Leadership Opportunities for Young Women and Minorities

Girls Inc. sponsors “Discovery, ” a leadership development program that partners girls ages 9 to 11 and women in community action projects.

Young Women’s Leadership Charter School mission is to ensure the equal opportunity in sciences and technology by enhancing the knowledge and talents of a school aged girls (6-12 grades) in math, and natural sciences to ensure that girls are prepared for the 21st century workplace.

UCLA Executive Education Program is designed for high-achieving women in mid to senior level management position. The Institute is an intensive five days training during which participants can learn specific and measurable managerial, leadership, and interpersonal skills.
The Young Women’s Leadership Institute at the Barnard pre-College Program aims to provide women with leadership education and hands-on learning opportunities. It also aims to foster a deeper understanding of women’s diverse leadership roles and contributions to society.

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Women, Government, and Global Politics

The President’s Interagency Council on Women has prepared this site to present the official U.S. response to the Platform for Action adopted at the 1995 United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. The site describes officially sanctioned regional and national activities and concerns in anticipation of Women 2000: Beijing Plus Five, the June 2000 UN Special Session at which the 189 countries that signed the Platform for Action will be able to report on the progress made in each of their countries on advancing the status of women and girls.
Women and International Politics: The Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance site has one of its focuses on women in politics. This includes not only the quantitative aspects,  but also the qualitative impact of women on political decision-making. The Institute’s objective is to improve and enhance women’s effectiveness in political positions and to strengthen their impact in decision-making forums.

Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies is a multi-purpose and interdisciplinary center that serves scholars, activists and policy makers interested in gender and women’s studies in the Arab world, Southern Mediterranean, Turkey, the Caucasus,  Iran and Africa.

Women in International Security is dedicated to increasing the influence of women in the field of foreign and defense policy by raising their numbers and visibility.

Global Women’s Business Network was established to facilitate trade and foster business relationships among women around the world.

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Higher Education

The Women and Politics Institute at American University provides unique opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students to study women and politics in Washington D.C.

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United Nations Resources

WomenWatch is the United Nation’s Internet gateway on the advancement and empowerment of women.

UN WOMEN is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. This website also includes the text of the “The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women 

UN-INSTRAW is the only institution in the United Nations system solely devoted to research and training for the advancement of women. This website also contains information about the Gender Awareness Information and Networking System established by the UN.

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom works to create an environment of political, economic, social and psychological freedom for all members of the human community, so that all can enjoy true peace.

Equality Now is an international human rights organization dedicated to action for the civil, political, economic and social rights of girls and women.

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Research on Women and Society

RE:Gender (formerly know as The National Council for Research on Women) is a working alliance of 92 women’s research and policy centers,  more than 3, 000 affiliates and a network of over 200 international centers. NCRW’s mission is to enhance the connections among research, policy analysis, advocacy, and innovative programming on behalf of women and girls.

The Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity is a University of Maryland initiative promoting research, scholarship and faculty development that examine the intersections of race, gender, ethnicity and other dimensions of difference as they shape the construction and representation of identities, behavior and complex social relations.

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research is a public policy research organization dedicated to informing and stimulating the debate on public policy issues of critical importance to women and their families.

Southern Poverty Law Center is a non-profit organization that combats hate, intolerance, and discrimination through education and litigation. It also sponsors tolerance.org – a program to combat hate speech and intolerance on the internet.

Women’s Research and Education Institute is an independent, nation, public policy research and education center that sponsors an annual fellowship program placing graduate students in Congressional offices and on strategic committee staffs.


International Center for Research on Women promotes research, capacity building and advocacy on economic, health and the social status of women in low- and middle-income countries.


The White House Education Fund is dedicated to enhancing public perceptions of women’s capacity to lead, changing biases against women’s leadership ability, fostering the entry of women into positions of leadership.
The Center for American Women and Politics is a university-based research, education and public service center. Its mission is to promote greater understanding and knowledge about women’s participation in politics and government and to enhance women’s influence and leadership in public life.

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Research on Women and Labor

Pride@Work works within the labor movement to foster better understanding of the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender union members and to organize the vast majority of unorganized LGBT workers into the trade union movement.


The Student Labor Action Project (SLAP) is a joint project of Jobs with Justice and the Untied States Student Association (USSA). SLAP was created to nationally network student activists involved in worker solidarity, anti-sweatshop, graduate student employee organizing, anti-corporate, living wage, and corporate code of conduct campaigns.

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Media Sources

The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions’ report Worlds Apart–Women and the Global Economy analyzes the effects of the globalization of world trade and the ways in which women workers are affected in the employers’ search for “flexibility” and competitiveness.


Monthly Newsletter About Women in the World

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Puget Sound Resources

The University of Washington Women’s Center is a vital place where women and men partner to build a culture of gender equity campus-wide, locally and globally.


The Seattle Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), founded in 1970, continues to work actively to achieve full economic, political, and social equality for women. Our chapter is committed to educate, lobby, and take direct action until all forms of discrimination and violence against women are eliminated.


League of Women Voters of Seattle is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy.


Seattle Women’s Commission works to effectively identify and recommend policy, legislation, programs, and budget items concerning women to Seattle’s Mayor, City Council and City Departments.


National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington (WPC) is the state affiliate of the National Women’s Political Caucus. The WPC is a grassroots organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in elected and appointed office at all levels of government regardless of party affiliation.


The YWCA’s mission is to advance the quality of life for women of all ages, races and faiths, and their families. In support of this mission, the YWCA provides services to meet critical needs, promote self-sufficiency, reduce violence, and achieve equal opportunities for all people.


Legal Voice (formerly know as Northwest Women’s Law Center) provides broad-based legal advocacy throughout the Northwest, advancing women’s legal rights through litigation, legislative advocacy, legal rights education and a self help program, which provides legal information and referral services and materials to help women help themselves with legal problems.


Women’s Funding Alliance is dedicated to promoting positive social change for women and girls. By raising and distributing funds to diverse organizations, the Women’s Funding Alliance has a profound impact in the community-and on the issues that affect women and girls.


The Center for Ethical Leadership seeks to inspire in individuals, through training and education, the courage to pursue the common good. Its programs have expanded to serve adults and youth and provide an opportunity to focus not only on increasing moral awareness, but also on building the necessary courage to take moral action for the good of the community.


Powerful Voices is a non-profit agency serving adolescent girls. It has programs in Seattle public middle schools and in King County Juvenile detention that instills leadership skills, foster the development of critical thinking and promote the individual potential of adolescent girls.


Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation provides training and education to a culturally diverse population of young people. Leadership programs include annual dinner “Diversity Make a Difference” and “Summer Youth Program” a two-week summer program designed to introduce students to Asian American history and issues.


The Thomas C. Wales Foundation accepts nominations of civic-minded individuals for their Annual Passionate Citizenship award.

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Government in Washington State

The Washington State Legislature website provides information about bills currently in front of the legislature. It also provides contact information and voting records for members of the state legislature.


Washington Policy Watch a more-or-less weekly bulletin about issues and events in Olympia, Washington, during the state legislative session. It focuses primarily on social welfare, low-income, and related health concerns before the legislature.


The Washington State Human Rights Commission  has one basic function: to eliminate and prevent discrimination. The Commission enforces the law in a fair and neutral manner. Our goal is to see that the public interest is served and that all people are treated fairly.


Washington State Governor

Washington Senate Democratic Caucus

Washington Senate Republican Caucus
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