Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Helping Women Build Careers in Government

Wisconsin Women in Government is a bipartisan organization promoting women's participation in public affairs. The group offers women financial support and educational opportunities to help them build successful careers in government- related fields. The mission is to foster diversity in government, and to encourage more women to seek elective and appointed office.

The group also promotes mentoring by bringing together women from different backgrounds to share experiences and to foster professional networks.

The WWIG board of directors is made up of women employed in government-related fields as elected officials, chiefs of staff, agency heads, lobbyists, executives and leaders of non-profit organizations.

A major component of WWIG is the Wisconsin Women in Government Leadership Seminar, which started in 2001. Women working in the public and private sectors engage in management training through the course, which is offered with the La Follette School under the direction of La Follette School Director Susan Webb Yackee and Professor Emeritus Dennis Dresang. Mid-level managers move into leadership positions by improving their skills in management, networking and leadership.


Faculty Perspectives

  • Geoffrey Wallace

    Wallace studies poverty, wealth in the United States

    For someone wanting to know who is poor in the United States, Geoffrey Wallace is the guy to consult. The La Follette School economist has parsed various measures of U.S. poverty and finds that 15 percent of the U.S. population was poor in 2012.