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2020: the end of the diplomatic glass ceiling?

Women are at last being appointed to the UK’s top diplomatic posts

By Rupert Joy  

Barbara Woodward, new UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. Photo: PA Images

A quiet revolution has been underway over the past decade in Britain’s diplomatic service, as more and more women are occupying the UK’s top diplomatic posts.

It is years since the leadership of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office realised that it could not represent UK society, or credibly promote gender equality abroad through initiatives such as “Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict” and the #LeaveNoGirlBehind education campaign, without more women as ambassadors. The number of…

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