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The women who demanded the vote

Without the right to vote, today’s women couldn't run major corporations, serve in the military and hold public office. Here's how they did it.
NASA astronaut Ellen Ochoa looking out window toward Earth (NASA)

Breaking the glass ceiling in outer space

NASA's first female astronauts paved the way for a generation of girls, like 13-year-old Alyssa Carson.
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You can now message President Obama on Facebook

You can now send a note to President Obama on Facebook using the White House’s Messenger bot, the first of its kind for any government.

Win-win: Educating girls helps everyone

If girls can't get an education, they are not the only ones losing out, first lady Michelle Obama said, announcing new U.S.-U.K. programs to help.
A group of people marching down a street.

Peaceful protest can bring social change — and in America it’s...

Given recent news, you might be surprised to know that peaceful demonstrations are the norm in America. Headlines will always focus on any violence...

Have you ever laughed at a politician?

In the U.S., political satire is protected by the Constitution. Leaders, no matter how powerful, know that taking criticism with grace is part of the job.

7 things you should know about human trafficking

Human trafficking, or modern slavery, is a debasement of our common humanity. Some estimates say there are over 20 million victims worldwide. Get the facts.
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Being born a girl shouldn’t mean you won’t finish school

October 11 is the International Day of the Girl Child, a day to help girls stay in school and lead better lives. Check out a few ideas for what you can do.
Two Syrian girls laugh together in a refugee camp

They go to school in a tent, far from home. Can...

Since fleeing civil war, Hayat and her cousin Yamama have lived in tents with their families in a settlement in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. But are...