The devaluing of women foreign policy leaders. Annual events provide a useful opportunity to question the routines we grow accustomed to throughout the year. I propose that we abandon the practice of ignoring or demeaning the contributions of women to international affairs. These questions speak to our collective failure to recognize the basic presence — let alone the profound impact — of female leaders since ancient times. What our limited knowledge obscures are their transformative acts that commanded armies, challenged empires and shaped world history. My study examines four American trailblazers, beginning with Jeane Kirkpatrick, who served during the early s as the first woman ambassador from the United States to the United Nations.
Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. The first ever conference of women foreign ministers took place in Canada last year. Prior to the meeting Sweden and Canada had already committed to pursuing feminist foreign policy. This focuses on the abolition of all forms of gender domination and oppression and aims to overcome gender stereotypes. For policies like this to be implemented, women need to be appointed to key foreign policy and diplomatic positions.
Germans welcomed an unprecedented number of Middle Easterners into their country—but not always into their workplaces. Democratic presidential candidates—and a new group of wonks—are committed to fixing rampant gender inequalities in the national security workplace. The U. Since , the campaign to leave the European Union has been led primarily by men.
Today, women are spurring global growth and helping to rebuild fragile and conflict-torn societies. These trends will boost American efforts to address geopolitical instability, to raise global living standards, and to expand markets for American businesses. Even so, women continue to face barriers to their full participation in political structures and economies, including violence, lack of education, and early marriage.