In a press release on March 6, 2009, President Obama named Melanne Verveer, an aide in former president Bill Clinton’s administration, as ambassador-at-large for international women’s issues. Ms. Verveer will serve in the State Department under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
This announcement was appropriately revealed on International Women’s Day. Not only is Ms. Verveer a co-founder of Vital Voices, an organization that empowers emerging women leaders, she also served as executive vice-president of People for the American Way, a civil rights organization. We are all looking forward to watching Ms. Veveer advance the rights of women internationally.
Contributed by Robin Mangini, Research Intern