Clinton celebrates TechWomen, announces TechGirl initiative

At the closing luncheon for the Department of State's TechWomen Initiative today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton celebrated the completion of the first-ever TechWomen exchange program and announced the planned launch of a similar initiative next year.

The "TechGirls" initiative will complement the TechWomen program and "will bring teenage girls from the Middle East and North Africa for an intensive month of educational activities here in the United States."

In addition to the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the Anita Borg Institute, Clinton specifically thanked the Institute of International Education (IIE) for providing "critical support to scholars and students from this country and many others as they forge partnerships across borders."

Note: In her remarks at the luncheon, Secretary Clinton refers to Ann Stock as "Acting Under Secretary [for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs]." Former Under Secretary Judith McHale's last day in her position was last Friday, July 1, and an official State Department announcement noting that Stock will serve as the Acting Under Secretary is expected to be released soon. There is no word yet about a permanent replacement for McHale.