Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy

The Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy seeks to increase the number of women in leadership positions in public service. Our goal is to become a destination for young women who desire to dedicate their professional careers to public service, advocacy and leadership.

Champion of women

Women account for half of the population but comprise only 21 percent of the Texas House and Senate and 18.3 percent of the U.S. Congress. Over the next few years, TWU plans to focus on increasing their leadership by educating women to pursue leadership positions through participation in civic organizations, non-profit board memberships and elected office.  

Women’s digital history exhibit

One of the first such centers in Texas and among the first in the U.S., the Institute for Women’s Leadership will leverage faculty expertise and existing resources to showcase the contributions and leadership legacy of Texas women through an interactive exhibition.

We are inspiring a new generation to become the leaders of tomorrow.  Through the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame, the First Ladies Historic Costume Collection, in addition to the Women Airforce Service Pilots archives, TWU will provide the foundation for the exhibition with an emphasis on Texas’ female leaders.

The goals of the exhibit will be to teach students about accomplished women leaders and inspire them to become leaders themselves.

Women in politics and public policy are pushing the boundaries one vote at a time.

A graphic that shows that women comprise 20% of the United States congress in 2018.
A graph that shows the number of women in congress slowly increasing from less than approximately 25 in 1977 to just over 100 in 2017.
A graphic showing 9 men and 1 woman figure and stating that in 2018, 1 out of 10 state governors are women.
A bar graph showing the percentage of women in state legislatures of Wyoming (10%), Texas (20%), Virginia (under 30%), Alaska (over 30%) and Arizona (40%).
A graphic showing eight men and two women and stating that in 2018, 2 out of 10 U.S. mayors are women.