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Peace Corps Offers Increased Opportunities for Women

The Peace Corps is focusing more resources on women, both in its membership and in its programs. The 1997 Peace Corps volunteer class is 59% women, almost doubling the percentage of women volunteers 25 years ago. Peace Corps Director Mark Gearan says this trend “completes the mission of the Peace Corps, because we send people reflecting our own country.” Community-based educational Peace Corp programs are also starting to focus on women. Peace Corps volunteers, including Molly Bogdan, have started programs in Romania similar to the Ms. Foundation’s “Take Our Daughters to Work Day,” and are providing increased education on women’s and infant health issues.

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The Washington Post - August 18, 1997