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March 17, 2021

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Each year, Women’s History Month, celebrated in March in the United States, offers an important opportunity for us to shine a light on the extraordinary legacy of trailblazing American women and girls who have built, shaped, and improved upon our Nation.

In our current moment of crisis, women continue to lead. From vaccine researchers to public health officials to the countless heroines on the frontlines, women are working around the clock to defeat COVID-19. Women, and particularly women of color, also make up the majority of America’s essential workers, including educators and child care providers, grocery store workers, farmworkers, and others who are keeping our families, our communities, and our country afloat. This year has also marked an historic milestone of women’s leadership 232 years in the making, with the inauguration of America’s first woman Vice President.

Starting in Women’s History Month — and extending through ​International Girls in ICT Day (April 22, 2021) — we pay tribute to the trailblazers from the recent and distant past for daring to envision a future for which no past precedent existed, and for building a Nation of endless possibilities for all of its women and girls. And we honor the accomplished and visionary women who have helped build our country, including those who work at our own diplomatic Mission in Vienna!

Click the links below to read interviews with our women colleagues, who answer questions about their work, what inspired them to take up this career path, and why it’s important to promote gender equality in government and in STEAM.

Leslie Hayden | UNVIE Women

Leslie Hayden, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission

Lorrie Hutchison, Office Manager in IAEA Affairs

Rachael Parrish, Political Officer in IAEA Affairs

Mugeh Afshar-Tous, Nuclear Safety Attaché

Christa Mikowicz | UNVIE Women

Christa Mikowicz, Political Assistant in UN Affairs

Aubrie Ohlde, Deputy Counselor, IAEA Affairs

Lisa Kalajian, Deputy Counselor, UN Affairs

Caitlin Poling, Political Assistant