Research on life in a small town in America led me to a local history reading room in western Colorado. There, I found a photocopy of a closely typed pamphlet titled Passing of the Two-Gun Era: Memoirs of the late Alva W. Galloway, Cowboy, Rancher, County Official and Businessman. It was bound with tape and cardboard and, according to a hand-scrawled note, written in 1940.
In response to this stalled development of women in the workforce, Prime Minister Abe pledged to create a society in which ‘all women can shine’. He acknowledged that women had long been an under-utilised resource in the Japanese economy and promised to boost female labour participation rates, increase the presence of women in corporate board rooms and improve gender equality.
If there is anything I learned from studying this community over the past year, it is that there is a tremendous pool of talented and diverse women who can readily succeed in this foreign policy community if given the right opportunities, platforms, and support.