women’s empowerment

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.
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.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala speaking next to an ice sculpture depicting fish as man looks on (© Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Okonjo-Iweala makes history as new WTO head

Dr. Okonjo-Iweala has made history by becoming the first woman and first African to lead the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Woman smiling (© BioNTech SE 2021, all rights reserved)

Katalin Karikó’s research led to COVID-19 vaccines

Katalin Karikó's research, once ignored by other scientists, led to mRNA technologies that enabled COVID-19 vaccines and will likely yield more therapies.
President Kennedy and Helen Eugenie Moore Anderson smiling and sitting in chairs (© Gibson Moss/Alamy)

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.