Fall 2015

Invisible Women

Catherine Ann Bertini

Women are ubiquitous and critical to the nutritional well-being of their families, yet they are often invisible to policy-makers, public officials, community leaders, and researchers. Effecting significant decreases in the number of hungry poor people, as well as the improvement of nutritional and economic outcomes, requires policy in addition to operational and research priorities that are directed at the needs of women and girls.

CATHERINE BERTINI, a Fellow of the American Academy since 2003, is Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She is the 2003 World Food Prize Laureate. She formerly served as Assistant Secretary, Food and Consumer Services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme. She is a Distinguished Fellow, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, for whom she chaired the task forces that authored the publications Renewing American Leadership in the Fight Against Global Hunger and Poverty (with Dan Glickman, 2009) and Girls Grow: A Vital Force in Rural Economies(2011). She has also written for Foreign Affairs, The Washington Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal.

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