Ivanir dos Santos speaking during an interview (© Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty Images)

A champion of religious freedom in Brazil

Ivanir dos Santos, a Candomblé priest, has championed religious freedom in Brazil for decades. His Afro-Brazilian religion is the target of persecution.
Movie scene showing crowd of women walking down hallway (© Hopper Stone/Twentieth Century Fox)

Science, math heroines are hidden no more

The movie "Hidden Figures" on women's unsung role in launching the U.S. space program now is inspiring female scientists and STEM advocates worldwide.
Illustration of screaming woman and prison guard with electrical device (State Dept.)

A Uyghur survivor story [video]

When Mihrigul Tursun returned to China, she was arrested and separated from her children. Her crime? Being a Uyghur Muslim who had lived outside of China.
Collage of brightly colored portraits of many different women (© Rebecca Moses)

New York artist honors nurses for their hard work fighting COVID-19

Rebecca Moses, an artist and fashion designer, painted the portraits of 46 nurses at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City to thank them for their work.
Artist's conception of space telescope in front of nebula (© NASA)

NASA names telescope for pioneering female astronomer

Learn how Nancy Grace Roman, NASA's first chief astronomer, became a leader in her field — and a powerful champion for women in the sciences.
Two women looking at booklet (Courtesy TCS/GE)

GE’s all-female business center in Saudi Arabia opens eyes and opportunities

GE's joint venture with Tata Consultancy Services in Riyadh has brought many women into the Saudi workforce as the kingdom seeks to diversify its economy.
Video of boy reading letter at table (The White House/YouTube)

A child’s invitation to the Syrian boy photographed in an ambulance...

Six-year-old Alex saw the heartbreaking photo of Omran Daqneesh in Syria and sent a letter to President Obama, inviting Omran to his house.
Nelson Mandela waving to crowd (© David Longstreth/AP Images)

Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday: A look back at visits to the...

South Africa's first black president inspired Americans with each of his visits to the U.S. before he died in 2013. Nelson Mandela still does in 2018, the centenary of his birth.
Building with sign reading 'Department of State' (© AP Images)

In America, honest dissent gets a hearing

"Without debate, without criticism ... no republic can survive," said President John F. Kennedy. Do you have a free space to speak about your government?