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Women of Peace Corps Legacy

Women of Peace Corps Legacy

"I do not want to overstate the impact but I feel very proud of relationships I was able to establish with young women and men in Paraguay as a female Peace Corps Volunteer. I believe my willingness to leave home and family sparked thought and question for young women I worked with. Why or how could I leave my family and choose to be alone? Where did confidence and risk taking come from and how was it sustained? In relation to the men I think I was one of the first women with whom they ever had a platonic friendship. We had amazing conversations which I feel very honored to be part of along the way."

Kate Raftery

Paraguay, 1973

We ask you to reflect on your experience with Peace Corps and recognize and celebrate the impact that experience has had on you personally and professionally.

Our ASK: Invite 15 women to do the same and have everyone write a paragraph on that impact and send it to us to share with and inspire others.


Share your experience:

What was your most exceptional experience as a woman during your service?  What effect has your service had on you today, professionally and personally?

"The whole PC experience was exceptional.  Nepal was “Shangri La”.  I was prepared for the PC, thanks to my family in Chisholm, Minnesota.  My mother’s parents were Russians from Galicia in the Carpathian Mountains and my father was Swedish.  My hometown was made up of many immigrants from Europe who mainly came to work in the iron mines.  This diversity of people and cultures gave me a strong sense of community that emphasized education, encouraged diverse experiences, and made me feel safe.  I have two older sisters.  During the 60s and 70s, the steps to adulthood were: 1) go to college (nursing, teaching) , and 2) get married.  They followed this path.  By joining the PC, a whole new path opened for me.  And, certainly, Nepal was an eye-opener to how most of the developing world lives."

-Sigrid Anderson