by Folashade Olumola (LCWINS Spring Intern)
As of yet, the field of national security and foreign policy has not reached gender parity. This is evidenced in the representation of women in senior-level and leadership positions. One of the largest impediments to women’s advancement in the national security and foreign policy field is the lack of commitment across the profession to support caregiving by women and men who seek to advance their careers.
COVID-19 has further revealed the need for effective policies that encourage sustainable caregiving programs and the implementation of family-leave. …
The Leadership Council for Women in National Security (LCWINS) and Women Ambassadors Serving America (WASA) have joined forces calling upon President Biden to strive for gender parity in his ambassador appointments. Read our letter here.
As a presidential candidate, President Biden committed to striving for gender parity in his senior national security appointments at LCWINS’ urging. His candidate website and his statement on International Women’s Day last year solidified this commitment; we were thrilled that he explicitly cited his commitment to LCWINS at both opportunities.
Lindsay L. Rodman is the Executive Director of LCWINS