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Japan Just Got Their First Woman US Ambassador

Caroline Kennedy as US Japan AmbassadorCaroline Kennedy sure is some woman!

Just days before the 50th anniversary of her father President John F. Kennedy’s assassination (which happened Nov 22, 1963), Ms. Kennedy took a huge step forward in her own diplomatic career – and a huge leap forward for women everywhere. She arrived at Tokyo’s Imperial Palace in a maroon horse-drawn carriage and was welcomed by Emperor Akihito as the first woman to ever serve as US Ambassador to Japan.

And this is Japan we’re talking about – the country that has made a career out of marginalizing women, and where (in 2010) females only occupied 6.2% of top management positions in private Japanese firms, and (in 2011) only 0.8% of town and village mayorships.

But then again we’re also talking about a mother of three who first aided in President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign before receiving this post. When first given the appointment in September, Ms. Kennedy remarked:

“I am conscious of my responsibility to uphold the ideals he represented – a deep commitment to public service, a more just America and a more peaceful world.”

Well, if anyone can do it, she can!

Breaking down gender barriers in such a patriarchal country and all throughout the world makes Ms. Caroline Kennedy one bad-ass lady, and a real bonafide Tough Cookie!


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