Women's & Girls' Leadership

From prime ministers to grass roots organizers, women and girls are attaining leadership positions in increasing numbers across government, civil society and the economy. But the glass ceiling is still firmly in place in many countries including in the US, where women are still vastly under-represented in government and senior leadership positions. Explore the resources listed below, including Related Categories links, or use the Keyword Search for more information.

A Measure of Equity: Women's Progress in Higher Education

The Association of American Colleges and Universities has released a report that compiles the latest data on women and gender equity in higher education. The report, "A Measure of Equity: Women's Progress in Higher Education," made its debut in Seattle during the association's annual meeting, which ended on January 24, 2009. The report updates a 1995 "data-driven" overview of women in higher education published by the American Council of Education, the association said in a written statement. It concludes that women have made strides in higher education, but the progress isn't across the board. Among the topics explored in "A Measure of Equity" are inequities for women in specific fields, how the careers of female faculty members are affected by families, and the growing pool of women in contingent faculty positions with no chance of being promoted.


Publication: WREI has just released the new sixth edition (2008) of Women in the Military: Where They Stand

Publication: WREI has just released the new sixth edition (2008) of Women in the Military: Where They Stand," which includes information on active duty, reserve and Guard forces and on women veterans as well as updated statistics and a chronology of important policy and legislative milestones. WREI has worked in various coalitions to promote and protect Title IX. The center director has spoken at various women's studies departments in universities across the country and to women's groups during the summer Olympics on the 35th anniversary of Title IX.


Report: “Women, Work and the Academy: Strategies for Responding to ‘Post-Civil Rights Era’ Discrimination.”

Report: "Women, Work and the Academy: Strategies for Responding to ‘Post-Civil Rights Era' Discrimination." This report is based on the Virginia C. Gildersleeve Conference, organized so as to take stock of the extant research and interventions and to chart a course forward. The report highlights the effects of a diffuse set of barriers to women's participation.

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National Council of Women's Organizations

The National Council of Women's Organizations (NCWO) is a non-partisan network of over 240 organizations representing more than 12 million women. Affiliates, which include America's leading women's research, service and advocacy groups, are diverse and their platforms vary. All, however, work for women's equal participation in the economic, social and political life of our country and the world. Our numbers are the critical force that gives NCWO its power and strength. In addition to organizational members, NCWO welcomes individual members.


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New Faces, More Voices

New Faces, More Voices is a leadership training institute of the National Council of Women's Organizations (NCWO). Launched during summer 1999, the purpose of this program is to strengthen the women's movement by providing leadership training and skill building for interns of NCWO member organizations. As a complement to their internship policy work, this program provides NCWO member organization interns with the training they need to engage in effective advocacy and organizing around feminist social justice issues.

Task Forces

Younger Women

Continues to expand with 11 chapters and 4,000 members around the country under the leadership of National Director, Shannon Lynberg

Domestic Priorities

Meets monthly and has four upcoming Congressional Briefings on various timely issues of importance to women

Women's Health

Exists to help support the work that NCWO member organizations are doing to advance women's health, as well as to promote NCWO's health care policy agenda

Global Issues

Working with Ambassadors and Embassies from around the world on promoting women's issues;

Corporate Accountability

Its "Women on Wall Street" project, which recently won a major class action suit under the leadership of Martha Burk

Media and Technology

Our newest Task Force, which led the charge during the Don Imus scandal and continues to work on racism and sexism in the media and new technologies

Older Women and Economic Security (OWES)

Actively working to protect Social Security from privatization and other issues


Now focused on the new Women's Equality Amendment


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 NCWO Internship Program

NCWO internships are unpaid, but can be performed for college credit. Interns are reimbursed for travel costs

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