Women Mediating Peace Talks: A Long Road to Parity

Women Mediating Peace Talks: A Long Road to Parity

Last week, I was at Durham University in a setting made for a Harry Potter movie. I was there for an expert meeting on increasing the number of women high-level mediators, or special envoys, in peace negotiations led by the United Nations or...

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Finally #IwilldrivemycarJune15 (2018)

Finally #IwilldrivemycarJune15 (2018)

Why is driving important?  It is freedom to go where we want, when we want, and not be tied to someone else’s permission or schedule.  My closest experience occurred when serving at the US Embassy in Kabul.  To go anywhere outside the compound, an embassy employee had...

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HUFFPOST:  Bottom Line Up Front:  Women Key to Economic Growth

HUFFPOST: Bottom Line Up Front: Women Key to Economic Growth

To their detriment, the world’s economies don’t fully utilize women’s talents and skills to drive economic growth and create jobs.  If women participated in the labor force at the same rate as men, global GDP could increase from $12 to $28 trillion by 2025.  To...

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HUFFPOST BOOK REVIEW: Maid in India – All in a Day’s Work

HUFFPOST BOOK REVIEW: Maid in India – All in a Day’s Work

In July, I read the Washington Post article about 150 maids who rioted at the Mahagun Moderna apartment complex in Noida, outside Delhi, India.  These workers stormed the complex because they believed a maid had been beaten and held captive overnight by her employers...

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Dear Tim Cook – Child Care?

Dear Tim Cook, We’ve never met. I am a partner at Smash Strategies, a firm focused on advancing progress for women and girls. I recently left the U.S. Department of State, where I served in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. I read your recent interview...

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Globalization. Populism. Brexit. Trump. Macron. Relief.

Globalization. Populism. Brexit. Trump. Macron. Relief.

These topics were front and center at the opening session of the Global Female Leaders Summit 4.0, held in Berlin earlier this week. That conversation was the backdrop for two days of fascinating discussions about emerging trends. There were engaging presentations...

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