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Women’s Self-Confidence: The Obstacle to Achieving Gender Equity in Public Service?

Posted January 9, 2012

During the colloquium’s second panel discussion, Vice Admiral Carol Pottinger spoke about her struggle with self-confidence early on in her career and marked this issue as a great challenge to her ability to succeed as a young woman. Once Pottinger gave voice to this issue, her fellow panelists and later speakers echoed her story. Women’s self-confidence, or lack thereof, became a dominant point of discussion at the colloquium.

Bryn Mawr Alumnae Reflect on WPSP Colloquium

Posted January 9, 2012

Countless outstanding and inspirational female public servants were in attendance at the Women in Public Service Project’s colloquium on December 15th, many of whom are graduates of the sister colleges: Bryn Mawr, Wellesley, Smith, Barnard, and Mount Holyoke. I was lucky to be able to speak and correspond with Bryn Mawr alumnae Inyang Ebong-Harstrup ’82 and Amanda Glendinning ’05 about their impressions and thoughts regarding the content of the colloquium.

Women in Public Service Project: Why the Sister Colleges?

Posted December 20, 2011

Why are the remaining Seven Sisters women’s colleges the right institutions for the State Department to collaborate with on the Women in Public Service Project? Aside from the obvious answer that the student bodies at these institutions are largely female, there is something more to why Bryn Mawr, Wellesley, Smith, Barnard and Mt. Holyoke colleges were chosen to carry out the project’s vision of “a world in which political and civic leadership is at least 50 percent female by 2050.”

Top Five Pieces of Advice Given to Young Women at the Women in Public Service Colloquium

Posted December 20, 2011

Much of the Women in Public Service Project’s Colloquium was focused on identifying and discussing strategies that will better enable young women to climb to positions of influence in public service. Conference speakers offered a great deal of advice to young women in the audience. Here are the five recommendations guest blogger Sara Alcid heard repeated most opften.