Above the Parapet Facewall

“We know numbers, but not journeys.” LSE’s Above the Parapet project is exploring the journeys taken by high profile women who shape public life. We have spoken to more than 80 women in the fields of politics, diplomacy, academia and civil society to gather their stories of reaching the highest levels of public life. Patterns, trends, their experiences and lessons from these 80 interviews will be shared for the women that follow and the men who wish to see more balanced public life. The Above the Parapet Facewall presents insights from our interviews, and for more information on the project please visit About Above the Parapet.


Mariya Ali
Former Deputy Minister for Health and Family, Maldives

Joyce Banda
President of Malawi (2012-2014)

Elinor Caplan
Former Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Canada

Susan Carroll
Professor of Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University

Jules Chappell
Former UK Ambassador to Guatemala

Dorcas Coker-Appiah
Executive Director, Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Centre

Julia Gillard
Prime Minister of Australia (2010-2013)

Julia Maciel González
Counsellor of the Mission of Paraguay to the UN, Former Minister of Planning

Sue Hamilton
Director of the Institute of Archaeology, University College London

Winnie Kiap
Papua New Guinea High Commissioner to the UK

Francesca Klug
Professorial Research Fellow, London School of Economics

Marie-Pierre Lloyd
Seychelles High Commissioner to the UK

Juliet Lyon
Director, Prison Reform Trust

Sue Marsh
Disability Campaigner

Alice Mogwe
Director of Ditshwanelo, The Botswana Centre for Human Rights

Aloun Ndombet-Assamba
Jamaican High Commissioner to the UK

Roza Otunbayeva
President of Kyrgyzstan (2010-2011)

Nancy Rothwell
President and Vice-Chancellor, The University of Manchester

Liz Sayce
Chief Executive, Disability Rights UK

Ruth Simmons
President of Brown University (2001-2012)

Sarah Springman
Rector, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich

Sylvia Tamale
Professor of Law, Makerere University

Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga
President of Latvia (1999-2007)

Esther Williams
Former Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of the South Pacific

Shirley Williams
Peer, former MP and Cabinet Minister, co-Founder of Social Democratic Party (SDP)

Soon-Young Yoon
Chair, NGO Committee on the Status of Women