Our Mission

The Female Ambassador Project aims to provide women considering a career in international diplomacy with real, lived accounts from female practitioners.

Who
we interviewed

Over twenty-five female ambassadors, who served in postings from Madagascar to Pakistan. They’ve negotiated nuclear arms treaties, faced off with Fidel Castro, and helped establish diplomatic relations with the Taliban.

What
we asked

Covering topics from childhood mentors to work-family balance and the dangers of the job, we aimed to get a full assessment of the women’s lives: their aspirations, their setbacks, and their accomplishments.

Why
this is important

Women belong in the highest levels of government, yet less than a third of current US Ambassadors are women. This number is even lower for women of color. This project hopes to change those statistics: to inspire young women to pursue a career in the Foreign Service.

This project was made possible by the American University Honors Program.

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