LCWINS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (June 25, 2021)

LCWINS celebrates its second anniversary

LCWINS (Leadership Council for Women in National Security) is celebrating its second anniversary with tweets from national security luminaries recognizing its outsized impact over the last two years in pushing forward gender equity within the national security arena.

LCWINS launched in June 2019 with a focus on improving representation of women in national security leadership in the next Administration. We were thrilled when President Biden and Vice President Harris committed to striving for gender parity and overall diversity in their national security appointments. Since then, LCWINS has:

  • Built a database of over 900 women who are well-qualified and ready to serve in approximately 200 Senate-confirmed national security positions, including 37% women of color and 5% women who identify as LGBTQ+;
  • Hosted a series of webinars aimed at deconstructing the political appointments process, providing helpful tips and equipping women to succeed;
  • Tracked political appointments on its website;
  • Established “Help@LCWINS,” to help women navigate the political appointments process. Promising complete confidentiality, LCWINS serves as a helpline to women and offers pro bono legal counsel for the clearance and vetting processes; and  

To date, 58% of Senate-confirmed national security leaders have been women. 

LCWINS is proud of the work it has done. The head of the Biden Transition recently told us: “LCWINS created helpful pressure and left and right bounds on our decision architecture. It was helpful to know there was an organized ombuds for what we were doing as we built out the Administration’s leadership.” 

LCWINS is committed to continuing our work for the current and future administrations.

For more information, contact press@lcwins.org or visit https://www.lcwins.org/

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The Leadership Council for Women in National Security improves national security by ensuring that women, in all their diversity, have equal space at the policy-making table. LCWINS is an organization of women and allies from across the political spectrum working to advance gender inclusion at the highest levels of the U.S. national security and foreign policy workforce. LCWINS is fiscally sponsored by the Pacific Council on International Policy, a 501(c)(3).

For more information, contact:

Press@lcwins.org