Editor's Note - The Zig Zag

Dear reader, 

We are excited to announce that today Women in Foreign Policy (WiFP) launches its new content vertical, The Zig Zag. Building on our reader’s feedback we are launching  The Zig Zag to provide a platform which highlights the experiences and research of womxn in the foreign policy sector, addressing specific career concerns rarely discussed online. 

The Zig Zag recognises that each person’s professional journey is unique and rarely- linear. Womxn in foreign policy sectors face diverse barriers and opportunities, joys and challenges. Our mission is intersectional in nature, ensuring that it provides readers, including but not limited to people of colours, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, and people from underrepresented classes, with actionable advice on their career questions. 

As young women, early in our careers, we have found that some of the most valuable career insight gained has been through the stories of diverse or marginalized womxn who have navigated the complex playing fields of foreign policy and have fought to have their voices heard. As a gendered minority in the foreign policy sector, their experiences are unique yet relatable.

We adopt a story-telling approach that illuminates marginalised voices and amplifies personal experiences. This allows for relatable content that highlights the diverse foreign policy issues and womxn are working on.

Over the coming months we look forward to sharing experiences and research with you from diverse voices, context and geographies. For example, we will draw on advice on working in government, nuclear policy and womxn of colour’s representation in parliamentary and electoral processes. 

Please do get in touch with us at lucie.goulet@womeninforeignpolicy.org with your foreign policy career questions and experiences.

Esli & Alex

Co-Editors, The Zig Zag