Tarana Bhatia

October 17, 2014

Making 50 x 50 A Reality

In 1995, the worldwide average for women in parliament was 15%. Today that number has grown to 21.8%. Although the gender gap is shrinking, there is still much progress that needs to be made. Today, only one out of every six Cabinet members is female. This summer I worked at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, on an initiative focusing on the goal of 50 x 50, having 50% women in leadership positions in the public sector by 2050. I conducted extensive research on the barriers to entry for women in public service as well as monitored a mentorship site for aspiring women leaders. This presentation will be about the successes, challenges, and nuances of working at an international think tank.