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AnnaMarie Houlis4.87k
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The field of international relations is missing women, but it's important that more women enter the field and stick with it. 

"The good news is that, over a year ago, President Donald Trump signed the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017, a piece of bipartisan legislation that recognizes the important role that women play in building and sustaining peace," according to PS Mag, noting that the act had turned the United Nations' Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, from 2000, into a national law. The law makes the U.S. the first U.N. country to make such moves. And one of the most important ambitions of that U.S. law was to create a new, government-wide strategy to increase the number of women working in security and peace-building, which was due at the one-year anniversary of the law's passage. "The bad news is that the anniversary of the Women, Peace and Security Act has now come and gone — and there's still no visible sign of a strategy. More than just a missed deadline, this failure may have significant consequences for security on the international stage."
But it's not only in peace-building and security efforts that women's voices are missing. International economics, politics, ethics, environmental science and more are largely male-dominated areas of international relations. While this, of course, has substantial effects on society and the planet, it also means that women are missing out on one of the fields that produces the most millionaires.