My Letter to U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act of 2018

Update 1/10/19: It passed!

Thank you to the White House, the Senator Committee on Foreign Relations, and my Virginia senator, Senator Tim Kaine, for passing this important bill.



There is a bill under consideration to “improve programs and activities relating to women’s entrepreneurship and economic empowerment that are carried out by the U.S. Agency for International Development” in developing countries, the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act of 2018 (H.R. 5480).

Why should you and I and our organizations advocate for the passage of this bill?

Three reasons: because we are humanitarians, for increased peace and security, and because if you, like me, are a female and lead a business, it’s important to advocate for other women just as others advocated for us and made our lives and businesses possible. Let’s do this for women globally.  Read my letter of thanks and encouragement to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to pass this bill.

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Other Thought-Provoking, Useful Articles for Women

  • “The Confidence Gap” This is the well-written The Atlantic article by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman on the differences between men and women’s confidence levels.
  • “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” Anne-Marie Slaughter, former Director of Policy Planning under U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, wrote this powerful The Atlantic article challenging the notion women can have it all within the current systems. She addresses half-truths that it’s possible to have it all if you are “just committed enough, marry the right person or sequence it right.” Slaughter acknowledges current reality while noting needed changes for women and for men to have more integrated, successful lives.
  • “How These Female High-Tech Company Employees Fought for Gender Equality” In this Forbes article, MeiMei Fox does a fantastic job showing how women can start where they are, wherever they are in their company to influence and shape a more inclusive, gender-friendly culture.

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