Women in Positions of Power at the UN

More women are in positions of power at the United Nations than ever before. The UN, once an all-male club now has numerous women acting as ambassadors, diplomats, and official representatives of nations. Many more women are present in United Nations administrative and staff roles.


Samantha Power, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, is certainly one of the most visible female diplomats at the UN.

According to the BBC, “there are 31 female permanent representatives, a record number in the history of the UN. More significantly, women also occupy six seats at the horseshoe table of the Security Council – those belonging to Argentina, Jordan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Nigeria and the US. That again is a record-breaking number for the UN’s most important decision-making body.”

The BBC reports on women at the UN. Scholars working on women and gender studies, and especially those dealing with women’s roles in politics, may be interested in this story.

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