Female Leaders

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.
Women wearing personal protective equipment and carrying metal detectors walk down road (© Nader Daoud/AP Images)

Clearing mines and rebuilding lives after conflict

The U.S. and international partners are clearing land mines from post-conflict countries and supporting land mine survivors. Learn more about these efforts.
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.
Joy Harjo standing behind lectern (© Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images)

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.
Woman in military uniform cutting cake (U.S. Air Force/Keith Keel)

American Samoan woman makes history in U.S. Air Force

Jacinta Migo is the first native American Samoan woman to achieve the rank of chief master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. Learn more about her service.
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.
Glass portrait of Kamala Harris with Washington Monument in background (© Shannon Finney/Getty Images)

Portrait of Vice President Harris references a shattered ‘glass ceiling’

A portrait made of broken glass displayed on Washington’s National Mall saluted Vice President Kamala Harris as a glass ceiling breaker
Jill Biden and Antony Blinken standing near lectern (© Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Images)

Blinken: Women lead the charge for human rights, democracy and justice

The 15th annual International Women of Courage Awards recognized 21 women from 15 different countries who fight every day for their communities.