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3 cases that show what free speech means

These U.S. Supreme Court cases — about inciting crime, printing falsehoods and using obscenity — put Americans' belief in free speech to the test.
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In the U.S., people power dismantled political machines

A century ago, corrupt political machines that made their leaders rich thrived in U.S. cities. But people came together to reform the system.

How far will her success ripple out to others?

Education is a key path to women's empowerment. When girls and women are able to go to school and learn, their families and societies benefit.
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In China, you can’t say these words

The Chinese government censors newspapers, television, social media and the internet to control their citizens. Here is a list of words you can't say.
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Why protect offensive speech?

The U.S. Constitution's First Amendment includes the right to say unpopular things and "hate speech," and it gives that right to everybody.

Why do more women than men live in poverty?

The Beijing Platform for Action, developed at a 1995 United Nations conference, sets an agenda for women’s empowerment and identified 12 critical areas of concern....

10 reasons to invest in women and girls

Investing in women and girls improves a society and country — from health to the economy. Here are 10 reasons why leaders must make a smart investment.

Famous (and not-so-famous) refugees making a difference

Here are some notable examples of famous (and not-so famous) refugees who resettled in the U.S., and went on to achieve success.
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China’s woman shortage creates an international problem

China's ratio of marriage-age men to women stands at almost 3 to 1, bidding up bride prices and fueling prostitution in neighboring countries.