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Two girls holding books while standing in front of library (Courtesy of Deyar Nasiri)

Teen sisters donate books that give voice to Muslim girls

Mena and Zena Nasiri started a nongovernmental organization to donate books featuring strong Muslim women to schools — and the movement quickly grew.
Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley speaking at lectern as Antony Blinken looks on (© Mandel Ngan/AP Images)

State Department creates new position to advocate for diplomatic diversity

Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley will be the U.S. Department of State's first chief diversity and inclusion officer. Learn more here.
Buildings on Mackinac Island (© David R. Frazier Photolibrary, Inc./Alamy)

What makes a National Historic Landmark?

Culturally and historically significant locations are eligible for federal funding as National Historic Landmark sites. Learn more about the designation.
Rocky Mountain goat standing on cliff with mountains in distance (© Viktor Posnov/Alamy)

Sister Parks program links countries around the world

The United States is a partner with more than 30 countries around the world through the Sister Parks program, promoting environmental conservation.
Woman trying on hat while looking in mirror (© Chris Sorensen/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Muslim stars are rising on American stages and screens

Muslim actors, directors, singers and comedians are representing their experiences more authentically in Hollywood and on Broadway. Learn more here.
Portrait of Barbara Watson (© HIAS)

Barbara Watson paved the way for women and Black diplomats

Learn more about the life of Barbara Watson, who rose through the ranks at the State Department and broke new ground for women and Black diplomats.
Kamala Harris speaking at lectern in front of American flag backdrop (© Michael Perez/AP Images)

Black women have always been leaders for voting rights

Black women have been leaders in the fight for rights for hundreds of years, paving the way for today's Black Americans in politics.
Man kneeling and talking to children sitting on cot in gymnasium (© Scott Dalton/American Red Cross)

American Red Cross: Volunteers helping those in need

In a year marked by natural disasters and a global pandemic, the American Red Cross has seen a surge in volunteers who want to save lives.
Woman in camouflage uniform smiling and standing in front of vehicle (Collection of the National Museum of American Diplomacy)

Patti Morton: Pioneer for women at the U.S. State Department

"Pistol Packin' Patti" Morton was the first woman to achieve several milestones during her career as a foreign service officer. Learn more here.