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Women, Law and Leadership Project

Contemplation of Justice statue” by sniggie is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0Women, Law and Leadership is a University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School initiative profiling women’s leadership in law and business, and developing indicators and policy imperatives to accelerate the goals of gender equality and diversity.

The Women, Law and Leadership Ideas Lab was an incubator for innovative ideas. It was a platform for students to test ideas, to create, and to experiment. Most of all, it was a space for students to ask questions on the under representation of women in leadership and how that hurts the global economy, hampers the diversity of thought, and undermines the public good. The concept for our Lab led by Rangita de Silva de Alwis was to research and develop a wide range of policy initiatives on women’s leadership. The goal will not just be to study and recommend adoption of best practices but to explore and innovate new practices. The students ideated and discussed solutions to address the under representation of women in leadership and the future of work.



Every month we will feature an original article or interview with a trailblazer who has helped to advance policies and programs that can shape a gender equal ecosystem.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Redefining Leadership in the Age of the SDGs: Accelerating and Scaling Up Delivery Through Innovation and Inclusion (Center on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School, Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Women and Public Policy Program, Working Paper, 2019-2020)