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.
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American Christians find renewal during Lent

Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter, is a time of spiritual renewal for Christians that includes prayer and giving to others, even in a pandemic.
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While keeping Holi, some Americans will welcome spring in summer

This year, Americans are adapting their Holi celebrations to the realities of a pandemic, but festivities are still being planned — carefully.
Illustration of Linda Thomas-Greenfield (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield represents the United States at the U.N.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield is the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Learn about her background and the new challenges she'll face.
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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.
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U.S. poet Joy Harjo: ‘There’s a poem out there that can...

U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo says that after a year of pandemic and racial tension, she finds comfort and lessons in poetry.
Table setting with flowers and greenery for Nowruz (© Ali Sadr)

Online Nowruz connects Americans to the world

Mindful of the ongoing pandemic, U.S. museums and cultural centers are helping Americans celebrate Nowruz safely and joyfully in 2021.
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Celebrating the power of American folk and traditional arts

The U.S. government's highest honor for folk and traditional arts went to 10 fellows this year, who showcased their talents March 4. Learn more here.
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Meet 6 women pioneers of American diplomacy

For Women's History Month, we salute these trailblazers who gave women in the United States a voice on the world's diplomatic stage.