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Marie Wilson

Women's Activist

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Women's activist Marie Wilson on the epiphany that led her down her career path and her steadfast belief that women need to be represented in all levels of politics and business.
Marie Wilson is a women's activist dedicated to establishing women in leadership and power positions to create positive change. She founded and served as President of The White House Project, an organization with a mission to ignite leadership of women in business and politics, and also co-created Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.   In her more than three decade career advocating for women's voices, Wilson became the first woman elected to the Des Moines City Council as a member at-large, served as an official government delegate to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing, China in 1995, and in 2000, in conjunction with Mattel, brought the world President Barbie.   Wilson has authored the critically acclaimed book Closing the Leadership Gap: Why Women Can and Must Help Run the World and co-authored Mother Daughter Revolution. She has been profiled in The New York Times “Public Lives” column, has appeared on The Today Show, CNN, National Public Radio among others for her expertise.

More From Marie

A Female President
Wilson on how Hillary Clinton's run for presidency changed the future for women.

Gloria Steinem's Advice
Wilson recalls the most meaningful advice which she heard from Gloria Steinem at the 10th Anniversary of the National Women's Political Caucus. 

Wrong Perceptions of Women's Movement
Wilson talks about the misconception that the women's movement did not care about children or family, when in fact it was always the heart of it.

The Value of Women's Unpaid Work
Wilson on how every society depends on the unpaid labor of women as caregiver and how fear of women moving into the public world is largely economic. 

A Mother's Values Are Essential
Wilson on how the values mothers bring to the public space is absolutely essential. 

To Be For Women Is Not to Be Against Men
Wilson talks about how improving conditions for women ultimately improves men's lives as well.

The White House Project
Wilson on how the White House Project was created to get women in every level in government...including the presidency.

Peacekeepers of the World
Wilson talks about how women involved in national security like Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton changed the world's perception of women from victims of war to peacekeepers.

Importance of Women Being Visible
Wilson on how young girls need examples of women in authority to look up to. 

Take Your Daughter to Work Day
Wilson talks about how Take Your Daughter to Work Day came about and its great success.

Girls Asking the Tough Questions
Wilson on how her goal for the Take Your Daughter to Work Day program was to get the girls to ask the men and women working the questions nobody was raising.

"Appearance Was Everything"
Wilson talks about how her own struggle with anorexia and how too often women are valued solely by their appearance.