Philadelphia Women Welcome Institute Delegates

Philadelphia Women Welcome Institute Delegates

Growing up in the 1960s, not many would have believed that a woman could become a Supreme Court Justice, Secretary of State, or President of an Ivy League University in the United States. In my lifetime, we have seen all three.  There has been truly remarkable progress in the public sphere over the past few decades.

When I look at young women leading the way on Penn’s campus, or in the Women in Public Service Project, I know our future is bright. Your participation in this year’s Summer Institute is one of the important efforts for creating additional paths to success for women.

Entering public service is one of the fastest and most satisfying ways that you can have an impact on your local, national, or global community. Your leadership will help create a better world today, and can forge a path that will benefit your children and grandchildren—regardless of their gender— for generations to come.

Please accept my warmest welcome to Philadelphia.  And a special thank you to all in attendance for your commitment to making a difference in our world.

Amy Gutmann, PhD

President, University of Pennsylvania


About Amy Gutmann

Dr. Amy Gutmann is the 8th President of the University of Pennsylvania. Gutmann is the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science in the School of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Communication in the Annenberg School for Communication at Penn, with secondary faculty appointments in Philosophy in the School of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Education.

Appointed in 2009 by President Barack Obama, Gutmann chairs the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. She also serves on the National Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences, and on the Boards of the National Constitution Center, the Carnegie Corporation, and the Vanguard Group. Gutmann has won the Harvard University Centennial Medal (2003), the Carnegie Corporation Academic Leadership Award (2009), and was named by Newsweek one of the “150 Women Who Shake the World” (2011). Gutmann is a founding member of the Global Colloquium of the University Presidents, which advises the Secretary General of the U.N. on a range of issues, including the social responsibility of universities.  In May 2012, she received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Columbia University.

Gutmann graduated magna cum laude from Harvard-Radcliffe College. She earned her master’s degree in Political Science from the London School of Economics and her doctorate in Political Science from Harvard University.