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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's Biography

First paying job: Calling ushers at the Methodist church. 

Advice to Young Women: "The importance of having a few people around you who see you, who really see you and who are willing to tell you the truth."

Early Career Dreams: Fashion designer.

Foreshadow of a Political Leaning: A friend's father took them to the State House and she remembers thinking "I like this."

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.

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