Ambassador Harriet Elam-Thomas

Ambassador Harriet Elam-Thomas

Ambassador Harriet Elam-Thomas, the first African-American woman to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Senegal and former Counselor of USIA, the most senior career Foreign Service position in the U.S. Information Agency

"Ms. Mary P. Dougherty, my ‘adopted mother,’ told me, 'Do not let anyone define who you are.’ I met Mary in 1965 on my very first overseas working assignment. I was working as a secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, even though I had a bachelor's degree in international relations. In 1963, the first thing any woman graduate from a university was asked was, 'Do you know how to type?’ I responded, 'Yes.’” 
 

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Vanessa Stofenmacher

Vanessa Stofenmacher