Marie C. Wilson


Marie Wilson is currently on the advisory board chair of VoteRunLead and an Athena Fellow at Barnard College. An advocate of women’s leadership for more than 40 years, Wilson was president of the Ms. Foundation for Women for 20 years, creator of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work ® Day and author of Closing the Leadership Gap: Why Women Can and Must Help Run the World (Viking 2004). In 1998, Wilson founded The White House Project in order to build a richly diverse, genuinely representative democracy. During its tenure, The White House Project was a pioneer in advancing women’s leadership in every sphere—political and social, cultural and economic. Under Wilson’s stewardship, innovative research and programming initiatives have been hallmarks including groundbreaking research such as “Benchmarking Women’s Leadership”, the launch of, a database with over 330 women experts, two national leadership summits, and “Vote, Run, Lead,” a training program that has given more than 15,000 women the tools they need to run for office. An innovator and change-maker, Wilson’s ultimate goal is to transform American culture so that the number of women leaders in all sectors achieves a critical mass. Wilson has been profiled in The New York Times “Public Lives” column, and has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CNN, National Public Radio and other national programs.

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