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On June 11, 2012, then Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton returned to her alma mater to inaugurate a joint initiative between the Seven Sisters and the Department of State dedicated to building a grassroots support system for talented young women from conflict regions who have exhibited leadership skills.  As Mme. Secretary stated that June morning at Wellesley …

Around the world, we are hoping to help correct the gender imbalances in public service, not just by working at the top, shattering those glass ceilings, but also at the grassroots level by training and supporting women like those who are here, who have the talent, who have the will, but sometimes not the opportunity to become effective leaders in their nations.

Hillary Rodham Clinton

With a chillingly prophetic anecdote*, she explained the rationale for the Women in Public Service Institute (WPSP) and its programs and seminars thus.

I remember being in Cairo last spring, meeting with men and women who had been leaders of the protest in Tahrir Square. And I asked them, “So now, are you starting to organize for politics? Are you beginning to think about how to put together coalitions to run candidates for office?” And I’ll never forget one young man said, “That is not our job. Others will do the politics.” I said, “Oh, excuse me. If you do not participate, then others will hijack your revolution. And they will – (applause) – very often begin from the first day to undermine the hopes and aspirations that you were protesting for.”

Over the coming days, you will work with leading experts and academics, and have the chance to build these relationships that can give you additional insights. You’ll hear from a wide range of women leaders from inside and outside government, women who have organized social movements and civil society organizations, who have started businesses, run for office, and defied the odds throughout their lives. And each of you will be paired with a mentor who will stay in close contact with you after you return home.

There will be seminars on practical skills like how to move legislation through a parliament or hold a press conference, sessions on how to organize grassroots networks and how to lobby public officials, discussions about major challenges like increasing women’s participation in peace negotiations and post-conflict decision making.

This afternoon, she is scheduled to address the young women attending this summer’s institute being held at Bryn Mawr.  The event will be livestreamed here.   Her remarks are planned to take place at approximately 4 p.m. EDT.

Note:  If you missed the livefeed, the video is available at the “on demand” tab.


*(Parenthetically,   I must add that Hillary Clinton has unfailingly foreseen events in the Arab world, warned the parties, and been proven correct. This has been true since her initial address as Secretary of State to the Forum for the Future in Morocco when she correctly perceived the aspirations of civil society and outlined three areas of engagement in the region.   That speech is worth a read in case you have never seen it.  Pay special attention to her remarks about the past.  Her words incensed some but proved as prophetic as her remarks to Egyptian youth cited above.)

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Many will remember Hillary inaugurating this initiative in conjunction with the Seven Sisters at the State Department last June (not in 2011 as the article states).  This event will be livestreamed.  See below for details.

Hillary Rodham Clinton to Speak at Bryn Mawr on July 9 as Part of Women in Public Service Project Institute

Posted June 24th, 2013 at 3:27 pm.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will address emerging women leaders from post-conflict countries as part of the two-week Women in Public Service Project Institute being held at and organized by Bryn Mawr College from July 7-19.

Clinton, who launched the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) as Secretary of State in 2011, is scheduled to give her remarks on Tuesday, July 9, at Bryn Mawr’s Thomas Great Hall. Her remarks are planned to take place at approximately 4 p.m. and will be streamed live via a link on the Bryn Mawr website.

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Secretary Clinton to Address International Engagement Conference for South Sudan

Notice to the Press

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 13, 2011

Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton will deliver remarks at the South Sudan International Engagement Conference on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 10:00 am at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

The two-day conference will highlight the national development vision of the Republic of South Sudan and the opportunities for investment in the country. The conference will also salute the people of South Sudan for achieving their independence in July. President Salva Kiir Mayardit will address the conference and outline the development and policy priorities of South Sudan that serve as the foundations for the new nation. The conference will also focus on private sector and investment opportunities, in line with the economic priorities of the Republic of South Sudan.

Those scheduled to speak at the two-day event include: Secretary Clinton, Administrator Shah, UN Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Ron Kirk, U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan Princeton Lyman, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson, U.S. Ambassador to South Sudan Susan D. Page, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer, and OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield. World Bank President Robert Zoellick, Senator John Kerry (D-MA), and Representative Donald Payne (D-NJ) will also participate, as well as development ministers, foreign officials, and private sector and NGO leaders.

“A Discussion on American Innovation, Trade, and the Next 10 Million Jobs”

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 13, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will join PBS NewsHour’s Jim Lehrer for “Innovation and the Global Marketplace: A Discussion on American Innovation, Trade, and the Next 10 Million Jobs,” at 11:00 a.m. on December 14 at the Newseum in Washington, DC.

The live discussion will be part of a panel event featuring conversations between PBS NewsHour correspondents and leaders from across the private and public sectors, exploring the critical connections between American jobs, economic growth and U.S. relationships around the world. These conversations will explore issues like trade agreements, public diplomacy, global innovation patterns and policies, the impact of technology on international relationships and geopolitics, and the rapidly changing global marketplace.

The event is hosted by PBS NewsHour, The Aspen Institute and Intel.

This event can be viewed live on www.state.gov .

Secretary Clinton Hosts “Diplomacy at Home for the Holidays”

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 13, 2011

For the third consecutive year, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will host “Diplomacy at Home for the Holidays” on December 14 at 3:00 pm in the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the Department of State. The annual event honors the service, dedication and sacrifice of U.S. Government employees and their families who endure long periods of separation due to assignments in hardship posts around the world. This year, the Office of the Chief of Protocol has partnered with Skype and Hallmark to help bring these separated families together over the holiday season using both traditional methods and new and innovative technologies.

Using Skype, families attending will be able to celebrate and re-connect in a meaningful way with their mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and other loved ones who are serving at U.S. Embassies around the world. Skype will be set up on laptops outfitted with webcams around the Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room for families to use. In addition, a Skype Group Video call will be set up so that personnel around the world can view a live stream of the program hosted by Secretary Clinton.

During the event, children of U.S. diplomats serving unaccompanied tours, and children from the respective foreign embassies in Washington DC, will prepare Hallmark cards, recordable storybooks and art projects for those serving abroad. As an expression of gratitude, the completed projects will be sent to the recognized hardship embassies for display during the holiday season.

In honor of this event and inspired by the history and significance of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms, interior designer Erinn Valencich created holiday decorations to complement the existing collections and colors in each room. The decorations will be on display through the month of December in the Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room, Thomas Jefferson State Reception Room and James Monroe Reception Room on the eighth floor of the Harry S Truman building. Every day, the Diplomatic Reception Rooms play host to the most senior levels of American diplomacy and showcase our nation’s heritage to visitors from around the world. These stately rooms are maintained without taxpayer or government funds.

Click here to learn more about the Diplomatic Reception Rooms.

Looks like she is double-booked.

Secretary Clinton Addresses Istanbul Process for Combating Intolerance and Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief

Notice to the Press

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 13, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver closing remarks at the first meeting of the Istanbul Process for Combating Intolerance and Discrimination based on Religion or Belief, on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, at 3:00 pm at the U.S. Department of State.

The meeting assembled experts from 30 countries and international organizations to discuss best practices for engaging religious minorities, training government officials on religious and cultural awareness, and enforcing laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion or belief.

The United States believes that freedom of religion and freedom of expression are vital to every nation and critical in maintaining stability and promoting economic prosperity. The Istanbul Process acts on that belief by providing a forum to implement U.N. Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18, which calls for specific steps to combat intolerance, discrimination, and violence on the basis of religion or belief, while also protecting freedom of speech and religion.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sister Colleges Launch First Women in Public Service Project to Build Gender-Equality in Global Government Leadership and Public Service

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 9, 2011

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in collaboration with the Seven Sister Colleges of Barnard College, Bryn Mawr College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and Wellesley College, will launch a new initiative Thursday to increase the number of women in public service at the local, national, and international levels. 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.

On December 15 in Washington D.C., The Women in Public Service Project will host a colloquium featuring Secretary Clinton and a global representation of government leaders, policy makers, public officials, scholars, students, researchers, and leaders in public service.

“Women have to be part of the future. And it’s imperative that as constitutions are created, as political parties are organized, as elections are waged and won, nobody can claim a democratic future if half the population is marginalized or even prevented from participating,” said Secretary Clinton. “We must support the rise of women leaders because frankly, they are more likely to have firsthand knowledge and understanding of the challenges women face. This is going to require legal change, it’s going to require political will, and it’s going to require cultural and behavioral changes.”

Confirmed speakers include Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund; Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State; Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); Dr. Florence Chenoweth, Minister of Agriculture for the Republic of Liberia; Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations’ Development Programme; Jane Harman, former Congresswoman and Director of the Woodrow Wilson Center; Atifete Jahjaga, the President of Kosovo; Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services; and author and activist Gloria Steinem.

A live webcast of the colloquium will be available at https://statedept.connectsolutions.com/wps. Updates on the events and the Women in Public Service project can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/WPSProject or on Twitter @WPSProject.

The colloquium will highlight the details of The Women in Public Service Project, including a 2012 pilot summer institute at Wellesley to help train promising women leaders from around the world. The pilot will lay the groundwork for further development of curricula for similar educational activities at other institutions and in other regions of the world and will identify areas of research to help combat obstacles to women entering public service and government leadership. Attendees of the program will include rising young leaders from across the globe, including women from Middle East and North Africa transition countries.

“The Sister Colleges have a deep-rooted legacy of educating women leaders on a global level and are enthusiastic about this unique opportunity to help motivate and inform the next generation of women to focus specifically on public service,” said the Sister College presidents as part of this announcement. “We are proud of our Sister College alumnae who have embarked on careers in public service, and are committed to providing women with the tools and resources they need to help increase their leadership skills in the public sector.”

As part of The Women in Public Service Project, 40 women from 37 countries traveled to the United States to participate in an International Visitor Leadership Program. For two weeks, these international public servants collaborated with their American counterparts in cities across the United States to discuss ways in which to strengthen women’s roles in public service. Click here to learn more.

The Women in Public Service Project will also begin to introduce plans to build an online network of support and mentorship to link women in government and public service globally.

About the Women in Public Service Project

The Women in Public Service Project is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the Seven Sisters women’s colleges – Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith and Wellesley – to advance women to positions of influence in governments and civic organizations worldwide. The initiative is distinguished by the partners’ demonstrated legacy of educating women leaders across the globe and linking them to each other through powerful intergenerational networks. The Women in Public Service Project envisions a world in which political and civic leadership is at least 50 percent female by 2050. The Department of State and the Sister colleges are committed to building the infrastructure and convening the conversations necessary to achieve this vision.

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