Know that things will be harder for you. Its not equitable and not everyone cares to fix this or address. Oftentimes you will suffer on your own. There is a culture of avoidance.
The DOS still has a culture of working long hours and having the job, not your family, be the priority. It is incredibly difficult, even as a single woman, to work the hours required to be considered a good employee.
The work is interesting and there are some great people in the organisation but culturally it's behind the times.
I love my job but there is a "good ol boys club" culture than remains in the 1950's.
Life overseas can be very lonely for women who do not have a family or partner with them. Not only is embassy work tough and long hours (and often teeming with gender bias), local culture in other countries is often hostile to solo women, or much more sexist than in the U.S.
This was a wonderful place to intern and learn from other successful women.
It's a bureacracy, which means you are going to be burdened running your work past a lot of "stakeholders" with "equities" in your "initiatives." Good ideas often get flattened in the process of review by committee. But there are some good offices and good projects.
Things are pretty equitable in terms of opportunities if you are not pregnant, but maternity leave and lactation time are the absolute pits. I have not had kids and seeing other peoples' experiences makes me think twice about sticking with this job.
There is still an entrenched old boys network, however, things are changing, albeit ever so slowly.
Do not be afraid of "being that woman" who calls out inappropriate behavior or blatant sexism.
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