03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Hillary Effect: Clinton Credited For Increase In Female Ambassadors

Women remain a distinct minority -- there are 182 accredited ambassadors in Washington -- but their rise from a cadre of five in the late 1990s to five times that is opening up what had been an elite's men club for more than a century.

A key reason is the increase in the number of top U.S. diplomats who are women, what some call the "Hillary effect."

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