State Dept. Has New Women’s Ambassador

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Cathy Russell is the new head of the U.S. State Department’s Office on Global Women’s Issues, an office created by Hillary Clinton in 2009. President Obama named Russell to the position Monday night, praising her as “a longtime advocate for women, for justice, for fairness.” Currently, Russell is chief of staff to Jill Biden. “Through the more than 25 years we have known Cathy, she has made a tremendous difference in the fight to promote gender equality and advance the status of women and girls,” said Dr. Jill and Vice President Joe Biden in a joint statement.