Celebrating #WomenInDiplomacy in the East Asia and Pacific Region

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To celebrate Women’s History Month, the State Department's Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs highlights women in diplomacy.

Celebrating #WomenInDiplomacy in the East Asia and Pacific Region

March was Women’s History Month in the United States. As we celebrated the historic contributions of women to society despite unprecedented challenges, it was also important to recognize the stories of rising women leaders today who play an integral part in American innovation and productivity for the future generation. Throughout March, the Department’s Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs (EAP) highlighted some of the amazing women who are making their mark in U.S. diplomatic efforts both here in Washington, DC and at our U.S. Embassies and Consulates across the East Asian and Pacific region.

The EAP Bureau is led by Acting Assistant Secretary Susan Thornton, and is also home to many women in senior leadership positions, including in half of our Bureau’s 14 offices.  Overseas, six female Ambassadors represent the United States in our region, including posts in Malaysia, Laos, the Marshall Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, and Timor-Leste. The EAP Bureau is proud to support policies that promote gender equality and women’s empowerment both here in the Department and around the world—because when women do better, countries do better.

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, we wanted to share some highlights of our EAP Bureau’s women leaders with you.

About the Author: Connie Paik serves as a Public Affairs Specialist in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Editor's Note: This entry also appears in the U.S. Department of State's publication on Medium.com.