Rachel B. Vogelstein

Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy


Women and foreign policy; human rights; child marriage; global health; maternal and child health; education; development and the role of women


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U.S. Foreign Policy and the Rights of Women and Girls


Rachel B. Vogelstein, Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
October 9, 2013 12:00-1:00 p.m.

This meeting is not for attribution.


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Child Marriage and U.S. Foreign Policy


Donald K. Steinberg, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development, Helene D. Gayle, President and Chief Executive Officer, CARE USA


Rachel B. Vogelstein, Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
May 22, 2013

This meeting is on the record.



Rachel B. Vogelstein is a fellow in the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington, DC. Ms. Vogelstein is also the director of Women and Girls Programs in the Office of Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Clinton Foundation, and an adjunct professor of women's human rights at Georgetown University. At CFR, Ms. Vogelstein's research focuses on the relationship between women's advancement and prosperity, stability, and security.

From 2009 to 2012, Ms. Vogelstein was director of policy and senior advisor in the Office of Global Women's Issues within the Office of the Secretary of State at the U.S. Department of State. In this capacity, she advised Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and Ambassador Melanne Verveer, the first-ever U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women's issues, on a range of foreign policy issues related to the advancement of women. She also represented the U.S. Department of State as a member of the White House Council on Women and Girls.

Ms. Vogelstein is an attorney by training with expertise in women's issues. Prior to joining the State Department, Ms. Vogelstein was an advisor to then-Senator and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, serving as assistant counsel to Senator Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign and as an advisor to her first U.S. Senate campaign. She was also senior counsel at the National Women's Law Center in Washington, DC, where she specialized in women's health and reproductive rights. In 2004, she was awarded an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to work on women's health policy. She has lectured widely on women's rights, including at the U.S. Congressional Women's Caucus, U.S. Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Harvard Law School.

Ms. Vogelstein graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University and cum laude from Georgetown Law School, where she was executive editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. Following law school, Ms. Vogelstein clerked for the Honorable Thomas L. Ambro on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She is a recipient of the Secretary of State's Superior Honor Award and a National Association of Women Lawyers Award.


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