Which women do you believe have left a mark on our bilateral relationship? Join us during the month of March, Women’s History Month, as we will be look at women who have left a legacy across a wide range of fields, including the arts, sports, politics and business.
Madeline Albright was the first female United States Secretary of State in U.S. history, having served from 1997 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton. Madeline Albright visited Beijing for the first time as Secretary of State in 1997.
Hillary Clinton has a long-standing relationship with China. She attended the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, where she famously declared, “If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights, once and for all.” As Secretary of State, she came to China seven times. Pictured here with then Vice-President Xi Jinping in 2014
In 2005, Rice assumed office as Secretary of State and was the first female African-American Secretary of State, as well as the second female Secretary of State. She played a key role in U.S. policy during the six-party talks. As Secretary of State, she visited China six times.
First female Consul General in Shanghai from 2008 – 2011, Camp is a U.S Foreign Service Officer who was also posted at U.S Embassy, Beijing.She provided crucial support for the U.S.A. Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo in 2010.
Jennifer Galt was the first female CG in Guangzhou and is now leading U.S. external exchanges in culture and education in the Bureau of Cultural and Education Affairs. She also served as U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia. Her Chinese given name “Jin” is from the Chinese female revolutionary, QIU Jin, whom she respects.
The first American woman in space was Sally Ride. Do you know who the first Chinese woman in space was? Liu Yan is an astronaut who served as a crew member on space mission Shenzhou 9 in 2012.She is a veteran pilot with 1,680 hours of flying experience, and the first Chinese woman in space.
Born to Chinese intellectuals she designed the Vietnam War memorial at age 21. Her art work is displayed at the U.S Embassy in Beijing. She was a member of the Presidential Delegation designated by President Obama to attend the Shanghai Expo in 2010.
Amy Tan is the author of the New York Times best-selling novel The Joy Luck Club that explores the relationship between Chinese women and their Chinese-American daughters.
A world-known bridal gown fashion designer popular with celebrities and with women both young and old. She is known as the pioneering Chinese fashion designer of international fame with Chinese roots.
Connie Chung was the first Asian American woman to co-anchor CBS evening news, also worked at CBS, ABC, NBC and CNN. Winner of the Emmy and Peabody awards she is a recognized in every American household. She is also a teaching fellow at the John F. Kennedy school of government at the Harvard University
Lucy Liu is a famous Hollywood actress and is known as one of the ‘Charlie’s Angels’. She has starred with Hollywood actors like Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. She is skilled in the martial art of Kali-Eskrima-Silat (knife-and-stick fighting), rock climbing, skiing and horseback riding
Li Na is a professional Tennis player from Wuhan, China. She achieved her career-high WTA-ranking of world No. 2 in 2014. She was a semifinalist in the US Open tournament in 2013. She is the first Chinese female to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. She also obtained her bachelors in Journalism and she is a current business student in Beijing. [Pictured here with U.S. Consulate Wuhan Public Affairs Officer, Michael Dubray, in 2018]
China’s Olympic gold medalist and world champion, FU Mingxia is also the youngest diving champions and the only quadruple world diving champion. She participated in the 1996 Olympics Games in Atlanta at age 17.
“When a woman earns a dollar, the payback is higher. She’ll invest in her children, in their education, health care, and basic needs. The impact of a woman’s role in the economy benefits society at large.”—Andrea Jung
Andrea Jung is a Chinese-American business and nonprofit leader, and the first female CEO of Avon. After graduating magna cum laude from Princeton university, her Chinese parents were horrified to see her take an interest in the retail industry, but she quickly moved up the ranks, working for industry leaders, Bloomingdales, Nieman Marcus, and eventually Avon. What is your hidden passion? Share it with us today!
Prof. Yixian Zheng
Prof. Yixian Zheng, Director of the Department of Embryology at the Carnegie Institution for Science.
She grew up in China and came to the U.S. for graduate school in the 1980s. She is a prominent researcher studying cell division and aging, and, more recently, marine organisms and coral.
Michelle Zou (Zou Yingyi)
“Innovation and entrepreneurship is in fact a process for your own growth.” – Michelle Zou
Michelle Zou grew up in China and went to school in both China and the US. She has over 20 years in the tech industry and is a certified business and career coach.