- Former president and CEO of Ms. Foundation for Women
- Lesbian activist
- Founder and current leader of the White House Project, whose objective is to train 1,000 women to be political leaders, with the ultimate goal of helping a woman be elected U.S. President
Marie C. Wilson is the former president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women (MFW). A former homecoming queen-turned-lesbian activist, she is a friend of Hollywood leftists Kathleen Turner and Janeane Garofalo, and a vocal supporter of former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun. During Wilson’s twenty-year tenure (1984-2004) at the helm of MFW, the foundation’s assets grew exponentially – exceeding $30 million as of June 2003. She was co-creator (along with Gloria Steinem) of Take Our Daughters to Work Day, perhaps the most visible of the foundation’s projects (with more than 80 million participants between 1994 and 2004). Wilson resigned from the presidency of the Ms. Foundation on June 30, 2004, and is now the foundation’s President Emerita and a senior advisor to its board of directors.
Ms. Wilson’s full-time attention is currently devoted to heading the White House Project, which she co-founded in 1998. The Project hopes to train 1,000 women to be political leaders, with the ultimate goal of helping a woman be elected U.S. President. Seeking any pretext for which to heap criticism upon the United States, the Project points out that the U.S. trails several countries in the percentage of its political leadership positions held by women – among them being Cuba and Angola; the implication is that American women face greater obstacles and harsher discrimination than their counterparts in those totalitarian nations.
Among the White House Project’s board members are numerous leftwing notables, including politicians Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro; actresses Kathy Najimy and Lily Tomlin; representatives from HBO and PBS; and a Ford Foundation publicist. The co-hosts of the Project’s gala opening were Tina Brown, Nora Ephron, Whoopi Goldberg, and Marlo Thomas.
Ms. Wilson began her political career as a Des Moines City Councilwoman in 1983; she joined the Ms. Foundation the following year. She is the co-author of Mother-Daughter Revolution (Bantam, 1993), a book which attempts to redefine girls’ roles, and Closing the Leadership Gap: Why Women Can and Must Help Run the World (Viking Penguin, 2004). Wilson was also a delegate to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women.