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The Section for Women in Public Administration (SWPA) invites you to join a growing number of women and men who work together on programs and initiatives promoting participation and recognition of women in all areas and at all levels of the public sector.
To join SWPA, you first need to be a member of ASPA. If you have not yet joined ASPA, please visit the ASPA Web site and sign up, making SURE to select the SWPA membership too!
To ensure that you receive information about SWPA in the interim, please send an e-mail message with your name and e-mail address to SWPA, Bridging the Gap Editor, and we'll be glad to send you copies of our newsletter until your SWPA membership is processed.
For more information about the Section, please continue to browse this website. Thanks for your interest!
What our members are saying about us ....
“Being a SWPA member has enhanced my professional network, facilitated new friendships, and provided me with opportunities to learn from other people who care deeply about the issues relevant to all women. It is a wonderful and valuable experience!” - Professor of Public Administration and Director of MPA Program at a major university
“Don’t kid yourself! The need for SWPA is as great now as it was 35 years ago. The challenges as women build their careers are more subtle now, but they are just as present.” - Mary E. Guy, SWPA Chair 1989-1990
“The time so many of you shared with me at the conference was very valuable to me. Thank you very much for the introductions, the advice on the academic path and publication, and the honor of hearing your stories. The conference energized me and made me want to try to do great things. Thank you again for introducing me to SWPA and for letting me share time with you.” - SWPA Scholarship Recipient
“Why did it take me so long to join SWPA? SWPA has added so many benefits to the ASPA experience. As a practitioner, I now have increased access to women experts and leaders in the field who willingly share their knowledge and experience. Plus, I have a greatly expanded network of women throughout the profession and country. Thank you SWPA!” - Practitioner in National Non-Profit Organization
While these are very difficult times, we are making progress. One personal vignette comes to mind. A few years ago, my daughter was asked to sign an affidavit from her boss stating that she hadn’t seen him sexually harassing a co-worker. She refused to sign it. The next morning she came into her office and was told to pack up her belongings – she was fired. I called my long-time friend Mary Guy (and former SWPA Chair!) and asked her what difference had it made that we, and others, had been writing and researching sexual harassment for years. She said, “the difference is that your daughter hired a lawyer. In our day, we would have been told to just get over it…that’s the difference that it’s made.” PS: my daughter subsequently landed her dream job. – Meredith Newman, SWPA Chair 2000-01
“Being selected as a SWPA award winner was a tremendous honor, and I will never forget receiving this recognition from such a talented and accomplished group of women.” - Recipient of the Joan Fiss Bishop Award
“SWPA provided me and countless women of ASPA a continuous source of inspiration, support, opportunity and friendship.” - Pat Shields, SWPA Chair 2008-10
When I became President of ASPA in 1993, I found SWPA to be one of the greatest assets for me to use to bring the organization together and to move ahead on common goals. Overall, there have been 13 women Presidents of ASPA which was founded in 1939. I believe that Nesta Gallas was the first woman president (1976-1977). My experience in the field and in the organization taught me that women knew more about how to bring people together on useful projects and programs and they were not focused on themselves being honored for their work but rather, getting the job done right. It was a great lesson for me and I have applied that learning to other aspects of my life ever since with great success. - Christine Gibbs Springer, SWPA Chair 1981-82