Marie C. Wilson, founder and president of The White House Project, will present a talk on “Closing the Leadership Gap: Add Women, Change Everything” at UM-Dearborn as part of the campus’s Women's History Month celebration

February 23, 2010

DEARBORN / Feb. 23, 2010---Marie C. Wilson, founder and president of The White House Project, will present a talk on “Closing the Leadership Gap: Add Women, Change Everything” at the University of Michigan-Dearborn next month as part of the campus’s Women's History month celebration.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9 in the auditorium of the campus’s Social Sciences building.

Provost Kate Davy will launch the event and Rep. Lesia Liss, an alumna, will introduce Wilson’s talk.

Wilson has been an advocate of women’s leadership for more than 30 years.  She founded The White House Project in 1998 to build a diverse, genuinely representative democracy.  The White House Project is a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization working to advance women in business, politics and media. Its Web site,, includes a newsletter, weblog and news. 

Before she established The White House Project, Wilson was the president of the Ms. Foundation for Women for nearly two decades.  She is an honorary “founding mother” of the Ms. Foundation, which created The Marie C. Wilson Leadership Fund in her honor.

Wilson’s accomplishments span becoming the first woman elected to the Des Moines City Council as a member-at-large in 1983, co-authoring the critically-acclaimed Mother Daughter Revolution (1993, Bantam Books), and serving as an official government delegate to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing, China in 1995.

Wilson’s talk on campus is co-sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, the Women’s Resource Center, the Commission for Women, the Office of the Provost and the UM-Dearborn 50th Anniversary Committee.

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