Feb. 9, 2012-- Mount President Ann McElaney-Johnson joined U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last December at the Women in Public Service Colloquium that brought together leaders from Scripps College, Mills College, and the Seven Sisters Colleges of the East Coast to announce an innovative initiative that pairs the power of public service with women's colleges across the country.
The Women in Public Service Project teams the Mount, Mills and Scripps with Barnard College, Bryn Mawr College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and Wellesley College to engage and inspire future generations of women leaders in the United States and around the world. "This initiative fits in perfectly with the Mount’s commitment to education, leadership and service in a women-centered environment,” McElaney-Johnson said. “Public service is a powerful way for women to transform their communities and the world.”
The project will identify and educate a new generation of women committed to public service, create an infrastructure of support and mentoring, and help enable more women to enter public service and political leadership. The Dec. 15 forum in Washington, D.C., explored issues such as the skills needed for successful public servants in the 21st century and how to achieve the 50 percent mark for women in public service by 2050. The participants are charged with identifying mentoring and training needs, as well as how to establish and sustain an international network of leaders and generate new insights on women's political leadership roles.
“Women hold the keys to peace and prosperity. We are delighted to join this leadership initiative to encourage a new generation of women in public service,” said Scripps College President Lori Bettison-Varga. “Experience shows women leaders invest in their families and their communities.”
"Together we will seek to promote the next generation of women leaders who will invest in their countries and communities, provide leadership for their governments and societies, and help change the way global solutions are developed," Secretary Clinton told the gathering. To read Clinton's speech with a mention of the Mount and to watch video from the event, click here.