Welcome to the Section on Women in Public Administration (SWPA) of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). SWPA continues to be one of the largest and most active ASPA Sections with a growing membership and full range of activities and programs for its members. The SWPA mission can be summed up as a Section where women and men work together on projects and programs promoting participation and recognition of women at all levels and areas of the public sector. SWPA members and leaders have developed an Action Agenda focusing on key priorities. The SWPA experience offers a wide range of opportunities:
A Short History of SWPA:
By 1971, a few women had joined ASPA and it didn’t take long for them to look for inclusion in programs and on committees. So in the 1973 convention, six resolutions about the status of women in ASPA were presented and adopted by National Council. A Task Force on Women was appointed to make recommendations. Based on their recommendations, National Council created the National Committee on Women in Public Administration (NCWPA) and Joan Fiss Bishop became its leader. One of the first goals was to provide grants to local chapters to promote women. (1974-75). Read more....
ASPA National Conference: March 8-12, 2019!
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From The Chair's Desk
Hello to all the members and friends of the Section for Women in Public Administration!
As the new SWPA chair I would like to thank all the members, presenters, and volunteers for a fantastic 2018 conference, particularly with the success of the Ally Training and Awards Breakfast with keynote speaker Brenda Allen. This newsletter will feature some of the highlights of the conference, member achievements, and upcoming section plans. Read more....