Coalition for a Feminist Foreign Policy in the United States

Advocacy, Economic Empowerment, Peace & Security

The Coalition for a Feminist Foreign Policy in the United States is a collective effort to develop a vision for the highest standard of U.S. foreign policy that promotes overarching goals of gender equality, human rights, bodily autonomy, peace and environmental integrity, while prioritizing the articulation of concrete policy recommendations.

About the Coalition  | Our Vision for a Feminist Foreign Policy in the U.S.  |  Our Commitment to Dismantling Racism, Discrimination and White Supremacy

What is Feminist Foreign Policy?

Feminist foreign policy is the most recent policy innovation aiming for a transformative and rights-based approach across all auspices of a nation’s foreign policy. Following formal announcements of feminist foreign policies in a number of countries, starting with the launch of Sweden’s Feminist Foreign Policy in 2014, followed by a Canadian Feminist Foreign Assistance Policy in 2017, announcements by France and Luxembourg in 2019 and, most recently, the launch of a Mexican Feminist Foreign Policy in January 2020, the time has come to consider what approach the United States could take.

What is our vision for the United States?

In August 2019, a group of U.S. foreign policy experts and advocates for global gender equality came together over the course of three days to sketch out an initial draft of a U.S. feminist foreign policy. This discussion benefited from a research review of other countries’ feminist foreign policies, as well as insights gathered through a series of global consultations with more than 100 feminist activists from over 40 countries as to what a global template or gold standard for feminist foreign policy should entail. Through months of extensive consultation, the group gathered new insights on topics that had been omitted or underdeveloped at the time of drafting: humanitarian assistance, immigration policy, nuclear policy and points of intersection between feminist agendas at home and abroad.  The resulting publication, launched in May 2020, includes a proposed definition, key principles and policy recommendations that provide a visionary approach for a fundamentally different way of conducting foreign policy in a manner that places people and planet above profit and individual interest.

Coalition Steering Committee

Akila Radhakrishnan, President, Global Justice Center

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Andrew Albertson, Executive Director, Foreign Policy for America

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Gary Barker, President and CEO, Equimundo

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Elmira Bayrasli, CEO & Founder, Interruptrr

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Sundaa Bridgett-Jones,

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Bridget Burns, Director, Women’s Environment and Development Organization

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Tarah Demant, Director – Gender, Sexuality, and Identity Program, Amnesty International

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Ellen Friedman

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Seema Jalan, Executive Director, Universal Access Project and Policy, United Nations Foundation

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Memory Kachambwa, Executive Director, The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET)

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Latanya Mapp Frett, President and CEO, Global Fund for Women

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Susan Markham, Smash Strategies

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Megan O’Donnell, Assistant Director, Gender Program and Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Global Development

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Hibaaq Osman, Founder and CEO, Karama

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Gayatri Patel, Vice President, External Relations, Women’s Refugee Commission

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Kavita Ramdas

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Serra Sippel, Chief Global Advocacy Officer, Fòs Feminista: International Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice

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Lyric Thompson, Vice President of Policy, Advocacy, and Strategy, ICRW

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Ritu Sharma, VP of U.S. Programs and Policy Advocacy, CARE

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Caitlin Horrigan, Director of Global Advocacy, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA)

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Julie Dorf, Co-Chair, Council for Global Equality

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Related Publications

Toward a Feminist Foreign Policy in the United States

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Defining Feminist Foreign Policy: A 2021 Update

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Feminist Foreign Policy: A Memo to the Next Administration (Oct. 2020)

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Coalition scorecard to track U.S. progress toward launching the world’s next feminist foreign policy

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The Biden-Harris Administration earn a 50% on Feminist Foreign Policy 1-year scorecard (Jan. 2022)

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Our Supporters

ActionAid USA

American Jewish World Service

American University Washington College of Law

Amnesty International USA

Association for Farmers Rights Defense, AFRD

Batonga Foundation

California National Organization for Women


Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc.

ChildFund International

Compton Foundation

Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights

Development Gateway

Equity Forward

Foreign Policy for America

Foreign Policy Interrupted

Fòs Feminista: International Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice

Freedom Network USA

Gender Equality Initiative in International Affairs: Elliott School of International Affairs


Global Fund for Women

Global Health Council

Global Justice Center

Global Women P.E.A.C.E. Foundation

Guttmacher Institute

Heartland Alliance International


International Center for Research on Women

International Civil Society Action Network

International Rescue Committee

International Youth Foundation




Last Mile4D

Learning Life

MenEngage Global Alliance

Mercy Corps

Montana Chapter of the National Organization for Women

NARAL Pro-Choice America

National Democratic Institute

National Immigration Law Center

North America MenEngage Network (NAMEN)

Oxfam America

Peace X Peace

Plan International USA

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Ploughshares Fund

Population Action International (PAI)

Population Institute


Radiant International

Reproductive Health Network Kenya

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United

Sakhi for South Asian Women

Save the Children


She's the First

Smash Strategies

Society of Gender Professionals

Solar Sister

The African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET)

The Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy

The Hunger Project

The Hunger Project México

The Well Project


UN Foundation's Universal Access Project

Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights

US Women's Caucus at the UN

Vets for the People

Vital Voices

War Prevention Initiative by Jubitz Family Foundation

Women Deliver

Women for Afghan Women

Women for Women International

Women Graduates-USA

Women in Global Health, Washington, DC Chapter

Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security

Women's Action for New Directions

Women's Environment & Development Organization (WEDO)

Women's Foreign Policy Group

Women's Intercultural Network

World Pulse

Adam Sowa

Alexandra Stark
New America

Alice Kitchen
Women's Equality Coalition

Andrea Carlise
International Action Network for Gender Equity & Law

Angella Preston
North Carolina Victims Assistance Network

Archana Patkar

Ashleigh Subramanian-Montgomery

Ashley Judd
actor, author, activist

Barbara B Crane

Barbara B Crane

Bartley Deason

Beth Schlachter

Bridget Larocque

Caroline McGregor

Catherine Dimitroulias

Cathryn Harris-Marchesi
Womens Intercultural Network

Cecilia Torres

Claire Wählen

Coda Edith Rayo-Garza
Thought Innovation

Constanza Astiazaran

Daniela Colombo
Effe Rivista Femminista

Deepshikha Chhetri

Diana Delgadillo Ramírez
The Hunger Project México

Dinorah Arceta
Amnesty International Mexico

Dr. Parveen Kumari

Ellen J Chesler
Ralph Bunche Institute on International Affairs, CUNY Grad Center

Emma Jehle

Estella Achinko

Gail James, Ph.D
Women's Intercultural Network

Hon. Tiffany A. Snyder

Jane Charles-Voltaire
International Association of Women Judges

Jessica Dwyer

Joanna Raina Veltri

Joe Shaffner

Karen St. John

Kathryn Boersma

Kavita Ramdas
Open Society Foundations

Keifer Buckingham
Open Society Foundations

Keri Lowry

Kevin Reynolds

Kristy Kelly

Krisztina Tihanyi

Lynda M. Sagrestano

Margaret Evans

Mariquita Anderson
Minnesota NOW

Marla Molinary

Maryruth Belsey Priebe

Michael Lawler

Michael Wiemeyer

Mindy Kotler
Asia Policy Point

Nancy Bremeau
Santa Clara County CSW

Nancy Dollard

Nicole Lemaire

Nisha Sahai Achuthan
Formerly Member Secretary, National Commission for Women, Govt of India and first woman appointed to a senior-level position in the Joint Intelligence Committee, Govt. of India

Pam Campos-Palma

Patricia Bradley

Patrick Lynch

Rahel Beigel

Raj Kumar

Rhiannon Watkins

Rita Badiani
Pathfinder International

Sarah P Burns
Just Foreign Policy

Sue Tripathi
Evaluation and Research

Sundaa Bridgett-Jones
The Rockefeller Foundation

Susan G Harris Rimmer
Griffith University, Australia

Susan Pipkin
Disabled Vet

Tessa Lavdiotis

The Rev. Susan H. Lee, Ph.D.
US Women's Caucus at the UN

Theresa Boracci

Thomas Dresslar
Global Justice Center

William L. Maynard

Yana Rodgers
Rutgers University

Zaha Hassan, Esq.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Zina Dolan

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