Swanee Hunt

Swanee Hunt is the former United States Ambassador to Austria, the Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, the President of Hunt Alternatives, and the author of “Rwandan Women Rising.” Swanee discusses the Rwandan genocide and how the women in the country have been working to rebuild and create a more unified nation.

Swanee Hunt is the former United States Ambassador to Austria, the Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, the President of Hunt Alternatives, and the author of “Rwandan Women Rising.” She explains how the leadership and effectiveness of these women has been a powerful influence on healing their country — now with 64% of the Rwandan Parliament composed of women (compared to the U.S. House and Senate where women account for only 19% of those elected officials).

Swanee Hunt is the former United States Ambassador to Austria, the Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, the President of Hunt Alternatives, and the author of “Rwandan Women Rising.” Ambassador Hunt shares her own #metoo stories about being sexually harassed by influential men and expresses her concern for women who don’t have the recourse she has who find themselves in similar situations. She stresses the importance of teaching leadership to young women and explains how & why women are and can be great leaders. As women are rising up around the world, Hunt explains how she is encouraging and training them via various programs as well as by trying to be an example for others herself.

In this program, Aaron talks with former Ambassador Swanee Hunt about her book, Half Life of a Zealot, and what it was like growing up a “Hunt.” They also discuss how she’s enjoying her position at the Kennedy School, and her perspective on women in politics around the world.

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