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Melanne Verveer

“The great moral imperative of the twenty-first century is women’s equality. It’s also the smart thing to do. It’s extremely strategic in terms of foreign policy. We know, from a mountain of evidence and data, that investments in women correlate with effective outcomes for poverty alleviation and a country’s prosperity.”

US Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne S. Verveer advocates for women’s empowerment, a critical strategic issue for the twenty-first century. She formerly served as chief of staff to First Lady Hillary Clinton. She is cofounder of Vital Voices Global Partnership, which promotes leadership by women.