Men and women in long robes in street (© Vahid Salemi/AP Images)

Before and after 1979: Women’s rights in Iran

While women around the world have been breaking barriers for decades, Iranian women have struggled to gain back the basic human freedoms they lost in 1979.
Table with items symbolizing springvideo

‘Nowruz Mubarak!’ U.S. sends Persian New Year greetings [video]

President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo send warm greetings to everyone celebrating Nowruz in the U.S. and around the world.
People looking at a table (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Washington celebrates Nowruz, the Persian New Year

See how children and adults participated in traditional Persian New Year activities at the Smithsonian's 11th annual Nowruz celebration.
Patrons using sign language in bar (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Sign-language-friendly businesses take off

A growing number of deaf-friendly and signing-first businesses — which use sign language as their primary form of communication — are opening in the U.S.
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Test your knowledge of African-American history [quiz]

How much do you know about African-American achievements in civil rights, technology, sports and more? Test your knowledge and share your results!
Woman holding ornamental object (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

U.S. celebrates the Tibetan New Year

The United States has long shared a special affinity for the people of Tibet, and hosts an annual "Losar" event with Tibetan friends and officials.
Frederick Douglass statue (© Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Frederick Douglass: A symbol of freedom beyond America’s shores

Frederick Douglass' powerful story of his life as a slave and his escape to freedom is inspiring writers and readers far beyond the U.S.
Illustration of Martin Luther King Jr. above street sign bearing his name (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Where streets have one name: Martin Luther King Jr.

February is Black History Month. Learn what inspired dozens of countries to name thousands of streets after Martin Luther King Jr.
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American women rise to new heights

American women excel in fields from Wall Street to the auto industry to the art world. Read about the accomplishments of seven who are making an impact.