Helping Women Worldwide

By Jane McAuliffe

At a meeting in Washington Thursday, the U.S. State Department in collaboration with the top women’s colleges—Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mt. Holyoke, Smith, and Wellesley—will officially start a global effort to bring together female leaders to increase the number of women involved in public service. Known as the Women in Public Service Project, I believe it to be an important step in trying to right some of the wrongs facing women around the world.

While in many parts of the word women constitute the majority of undergraduates—in the U.S. their enrollment now approaches 60 percent—they do not fare so well after graduation. For example, women remain grossly underrepresented in governments throughout the world. Not surprisingly, they remain the majority of those living in poverty. Only a fraction own property and women, and their concerns, attract much less media attention than men.

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