The Ms. Q&A: Valerie Hudson on Placing Women’s Rights at the Core of Foreign Policy

“Human history has been driven by the male drive for physical security.”

Ms. had the chance to speak with Valerie Hudson, director of the Program on Women, Peace and Security at Texas A&M University. In the new book The First Political Order, which she coauthored, Hudson makes a compelling argument for placing women’s rights and representation at the core of foreign policy and national security—because what happens to half the population is obviously going to affect the health, the wealth and the security of a nation.

Unmasking Donald Trump

Wearing a mask acknowledges that we are all human beings, and that it is in our DNA, regardless of gender, to care about each other. It is a national tragedy that we don’t have a president who can say and model this in a time of great need. But we can say it to each other—We can all step up and cover our faces.

A Gender Lens for COVID-19

Gender is often an ignored factor during health emergencies—even though women comprise 70% of the global healthcare workforce. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the most effective policy responses will be those that account for how the crisis is experienced by women and girls.