Media Note
Washington, DC
March 24, 2011

The “100 Women Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls through International Exchanges launched by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on March 7 at the U.S. Department of State, will conclude its three-week long professional exchange in San Francisco March 22-26. While in San Francisco, the “100 Women” from 92 countries will meet with leaders from civil society, the private sector, academic institutions, and the judicial system to discuss ways to work together to empower women and girls throughout the world.

The “100 Women” initiative kicks-off a year-long series of events through the International Visitor Leadership Program that highlight key foreign policy issues that directly impact women and girls worldwide. To view Secretary Clinton’s remarks, click here.

This program builds on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s vision of “smart power,” which uses the full range of diplomatic tools to foster greater understanding among people and cultures, including through international exchanges. It also coincides with Women’s History Month and the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day.

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ International Visitor Leadership Program is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Every year, this program brings approximately 5,200 current and emerging leaders to the United States from around the world for professional engagement with U.S. peers and for firsthand experience of American society and culture.

Talley Sergent, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
U.S. Department of State
(202) 632-6043

PRN: 2011/461