If we want to improve food security and generate growth that pulls people out of poverty and builds a more stable, secure world, we need to continue to invest in women.

Tjada McKenna, Assistant to the Administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Food Security and Deputy Coordinator for Development for Feed the Future

Read more about investing in agriculture on DipNote.

Societies where women and girls are empowered are more prosperous and stable - not occasionally, but always.
Secretary Kerry at an Equal Futures Partnership event on the margins of UNGA, September 22, 2014
ISIL’s Abuse of Women and Girls Must Be Stopped
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Beheadings are not the only horrors perpetrated by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL.  Over the past two months, there has been a tragic stream of reports about thousands of women and girls abducted from their families and sold in markets. These violent extremists are attacking their own women and girls.

While captive, these women and children have been tortured, raped, given to ISIL thugs as “brides,” or kept as sex slaves. Some have committed suicide to avoid sexual enslavement. Others have been forced to watch as ISIL beat their children to coerce the women into converting to Islam. Some have simply been executed. Hundreds of women and girls have been taken from Iraq to ISIL camps in Syria and never heard from again.

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united-nations:

Newly-appointed UN Climate Envoy Mary Robinson features in this list of the top 20 women working to combat climate change.  The women have diverse backgrounds—financial systems, workers’ rights, science, politics, development, media, diplomacy and more.

united-nations:

Newly-appointed UN Climate Envoy Mary Robinson features in this list of the top 20 women working to combat climate change.

The women have diverse backgrounds—financial systems, workers’ rights, science, politics, development, media, diplomacy and more.

Have you heard about the seven women mountain climbers from Nepal, who climbed Mt. McKinley (Denali) in Alaska? Together this all-women team has climbed six of the seven summits of the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. Yesterday, Secretary Kerry met with the Seven Summits Women’s team in efforts to promote women’s empowerment, education, and environmental awareness. http://go.usa.gov/5Yqw 

united-nations:

Congratulations to actress Emma Watson on her appointment as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador!  “Women’s rights are something so inextricably linked with who I am, so deeply personal and rooted in my life that I can’t imagine an opportunity more exciting,” she said. Read more about Ms. Watson and her work advocating for girls’ education. Photo credit: Carter Bowman

united-nations:

Congratulations to actress Emma Watson on her appointment as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador!

“Women’s rights are something so inextricably linked with who I am, so deeply personal and rooted in my life that I can’t imagine an opportunity more exciting,” she said.

Read more about Ms. Watson and her work advocating for girls’ education.

Photo credit: Carter Bowman

Dr. Jill Biden has taken over the Vice President’s Instagram account! Follow her trip to Africa at www.http://instagram.com/vp.

Dr. Jill Biden has taken over the Vice President’s Instagram account! Follow her trip to Africa at www.http://instagram.com/vp.

historyatstate:

In 1914, there were five female clerks appointed to serve the Diplomatic Service in overseas posts, out of 55 clerks stationed abroad (9%).1 One such clerk was Ann Singleton, a woman ahead of her times. Born around 1877 in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana, Singleton dreamed of seeing the world, and took up secretarial work as a means of doing so. She worked as a stenographer, typewriter, and secretary, before being appointed as a clerk in the Diplomatic Service and assigned to U.S. Embassy Paris on September 1, 1912.


Biographical Statement, Ann Singleton 
Registar of the Department of State, Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1915

Singleton saved up $600 from her work at the embassy, a sum she planned to use to tour the world. She earmarked her journey to start in Fall 1914, however, the outbreak of hostilities in August quickly derailed her trip. Instead, Singleton remained in Paris for several more months, and provided much-needed assistance as the embassy’s responsibilities multiplied.

Singleton returned to the United States but found herself once again in France a few years later. When General John J. Pershing, Chief of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF), arrived in Paris on June 13, 1917, “she was one of two women waiting at the Paris train station for Pershing to arrive. The other woman was a newspaper reporter.” 2 Singleton served as Pershing’s private secretary for the remainder of the war.

Upon the war’s end in November 1918, she again departed France for the United States to work and save money. Singleton finally began her much-delayed trip around the world in September 1921, departing Seattle for Honolulu and then Japan. For the next decade, Singleton traveled (and worked) the world, and gave lectures on “Circling the Globe on One’s Own.” In 1931, she returned to Washington, and took a job with the War Department, where she worked until her retirement many years later.


  1. Register of the Department of State, November 13, 1913. 

  2. John Malloy, “Daytona Woman Was Pershing Aide,” Daytona Beach Morning Journal, November 23, 1968, 47. 

exchangealumni:

Today is the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers #PKDay! The United Nations recently named its first female Force Commander in a United Nations peacekeeping operation

According to the United Nations, women in peacekeeping operations have made a positive impact on peacekeeping environments, both in supporting the role of women in building peace and protecting women’s rights

Why do you think it is important to have female peacekeepers?

Our Outrage Must Be a Call to Action

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The world has been transfixed and horrified by the brutality of a group of extremists toward nearly 300 schoolgirls and unnamed others in northeastern Nigeria. The plight of these girls has rightly captured the global public’s heart and mind. For daring to seek an education, these girls and others have become the face of unspeakable violence at the hands of Boko Haram.

Unfortunately, they are not alone. Women and girls in staggering numbers are beaten, sexually abused, married off as children, mutilated, and killed every day around the world.

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