• U.S. Behind the Times: Is It Ready for a Woman President?

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    The confirmation of Ursula von der Leyen, the former Minister of Defense of Germany from 2013-2019, as the first woman European Commission President is a stark reminder that the United States has never had a female president in its history, let alone a female Secretary of Defense. Look around: Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany since 2005; Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 2016-2019; Christine Lagarde, Chairman of the International Monetary Fund since 2011 and now President of the European Central Bank. And there are numerous examples of women presidents around the world.

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  • U.S. Women’s Soccer Triumph Was More Than Just About Sports

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    The United States women’s national soccer team (USWNT) won the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Lyon, France, last week. Their victory was no surprise. The pre-tournament favorites had won three of the previous tournaments and four Olympic gold medals, although they were upset by Sweden in the last World Cup. On the 20th anniversary of the 1999 World Cup where they defeated China in a thrilling shoot-out in front of 90,000 spectators in the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles, the U.S. women’s squad dominated the tournament.

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  • Doing it on the cheap and real philanthropy

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    Two recent events in Geneva point to disappointing cost cutting. First, the United States national holiday is July 4. For over two hundred years, Independence Day has been commemorated to celebrate the Congress’ Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Geneva used to have the largest July 4 celebration outside the country. It has not taken place for several years (lack of sponsors? security?). This year, as in the recent past, the official celebration at the U.S. Mission was not on July 4; this year it was on June 27.

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