Women In The Workforce

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Diversity is an essential component of the U.S. diplomatic corps

The United States champions diversity among members of its diplomatic corps to have a full representation of American life abroad.
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Americans we lost in 2020

In 2020, we said goodbye to many Americans who changed the world. Learn how they left their mark in a wide variety of fields.
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U.S. Navy appoints first woman to command an aircraft carrier

Captain Amy Bauernschmidt will become the first woman in U.S. history to command a Navy aircraft carrier. Read more about her career in the military.
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U.S. leads the way globally for women’s economic empowerment

31 countries have signed the U.S.-led Call to Action on Women’s Economic Empowerment. Learn more about what this means for women around the world.
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International Space Station marks 20 years of continuous human presence

Since November 2, 2000, the International Space Station has hosted researchers from 108 countries performing advanced experiments on life in space.
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Promoting women in science and tech boosts prosperity

Creating equal access for women in STEM industries closes the labor gap, boosts economic growth and more. Learn how the U.S. is making that happen.
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U.S. invests in e-commerce for African women

The United States will invest in Kasha, a digital company that helps women in rural Africa access health supplies. Learn about similar programs.
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First women graduated from U.S. military colleges 40 years ago

A law signed in 1975 allowed women to enter the previously all-male military academies. In 1980, the first women graduated.
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Hispanic Americans serve proudly in the U.S. military

The U.S. military salutes Hispanic Americans who serve in all branches. Read about how Hispanic-Americans are serving their country.