For the first installment of the 2014 Women of Washington event series, Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) joined The Atlantic to discuss a roster of topics, including America's relationship with the Middle East and North Africa, education reform, and advocacy for fundamental global human rights. The Congresswoman spoke about her non-traditional political background, upbringing as the child of political refugees from Cuba, life as a former teacher, and experience as the first Hispanic woman elected to Congress. The interview weaved in powerful anecdotes from her personal narrative as well as her current responsibility as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, and Chairman emeritus of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
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The Atlantic’s series of interviews with eminent women leaders in Washington continued with Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.