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Brains over beauty: This Miss America says being smart is cool...

The first Miss America of Indian descent, Nina Davuluri, is also the first Miss America to have earned a science degree.
Illustration of a hand holding a computer mouse crashing through a roadblock (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Censor the internet? Bad idea.

Censoring the internet censors free speech. Political dissent, strong language and even offensive speech are part of a strong democracy.

‘Let Girls Learn’ breaks down barriers to education

Let Girls Learn, an initiative involving the Peace Corps and local communities, aims to expand access to education for girls around the world.
Illustration of people practicing four freedoms (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

What does it mean to be free from want or fear?

Before the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt declared four universal freedoms. Are they relevant today?
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Make up your own mind. These mobile news apps can help.

Tracking the news where you live or in nations far away is a good way to hold your government accountable and to be an...
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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.
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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.

Governments can help women achieve equality

Government institutions and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are important for women to earn equal rights and opportunities worldwide.
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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.