Sunday Supper With Marie Wilson

Marie Wilson has been an advocate of women’s issues for more than 30 years and is founder and President of The White House Project. She is also a co-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, she founded The White House Project in recognition of the need to build a truly representative democracy – one where women lead alongside men in all spheres.  Since its inception, The White House Project has been a leading advocate and voice on women’s leadership.

On January 30th, 2011, I had the privilege to be among 250 persons from different countries around the world to dine at International House, New York, with Marie Wilson. She spoke about the role of women in politics and urged men to push for more presence of women in politics. She noted that so far, women have generally proven to be great leaders around the world and should be encouraged to participate further towards economic development. I must confess that after hearing her speak I was deeply inspired. After dinner, I spent sometime thinking about women who have  in my view contributed to society both politically and in the business sector. I came up with a few names of women who we should all be proud of for their initiatives and work towards economic development.

Do you know more women who have proven to have a great influence on our World?

Ufuoma Barbara Akpotaire is a Program and Research intern with the SISGI Group’s Research Division. To learn more about the SISGI Group please visit

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