Foreign Service Girl Book
United States 1959
The 1959 book "Foreign Service Girl" by Robin McKown details the life of a young woman serving as a secretary abroad. At the end of the novel, she gives up her chance to become a Foreign Service Officer in order to marry instead. Although it is a work of fiction, the book reflects discriminatory attitudes and practices that hindered women who wanted a career in the U.S. Foreign Service. In 1968, Foreign Service Officer Alison Palmer launched a legal battle for women’s equality in the service by filing an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) case alleging gender discrimination, which she won in 1971.
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(1959). Foreign Service Girl Book [Object]. National Museum of American Diplomacy, Washington, D.C., United States. https://diplomacy.state.gov/items/foreign-service-girl-book