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UN Women Rise to Power; No Longer Mistaken for Prostitute

Dame Margaret Anstee grew accustomed to accusations that she was a prostitute and to being mistaken for her male deputy’s secretary. She doesn’t hold it against anyone: There weren’t many women diplomats at the United Nations when she started work there in 1952.

“Diplomacy was a bastion of male chauvinism -- it had never been done any other way when I started my career,” said Anstee, now 88, in a phone interview. “Men were just getting accustomed to having us around as peers.”