Announcing the WIPA: Women & Public Policy Essay Contest – Deadline March 27th 11:59pm

UPDATE: New deadline for submission March 30th 11:59pm!  Send your submission to

In an effort to articulate some of the challenges to achieving gender equity in public policy, WIPA is launching a women and public policy essay contest.  We are inviting the general public to submit their proposals and response to one of two questions listed below.

The WIPA board will select the top four essays and submit them to Gayle Lemmon, deputy director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Women and Foreign Policy program and author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana for final selection.

The winning essay will be posted on the WIPA blog, the WIPA website, the Masters of Public Affairs at SciencesPo website in addition to being promoted on Gayle Lemmon’s website and Twitter feed.   Finally, the winner of the essay contest will receive a copy of Ms. Lemmon’s new book The Dressmaker of Khair Khana.

Essay Questions

Please respond to only one of these question below.  No preference will be given to either question.

  1. What strategies would you propose to more effectively include and integrate women in development policies? What would be the challenges? How would you over come them?
  2. Do you think the use of gender quotas to increase the number of women in top leadership positions is an effective gender equity tool?  What are some of the risks?  Do the benefits outweigh the risks or vice-versa?

Essay Guidelines

  • Essays must be between 250-500 words.
  • Deadline for essay submission, March 27th, 11:59pm
  • Only one essay per individual will be considered.
  • Essay must address the entire question.
  • Essays must be submitted in .pdf or .doc format.
  • By submitting your essay to WIPA you agree to give WIPA license to reproduce the full essay for promotional purposes.
  • Submit your essay to
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2 Responses to Announcing the WIPA: Women & Public Policy Essay Contest – Deadline March 27th 11:59pm

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