Proposed U.S. coin designs showing Sally Ride and Maya Angelou (U.S. Mint)

New U.S. coins will honor heroic American women

The U.S. Mint will begin honoring notable American women on currency in 2022. Find out more about two women selected to appear on U.S. quarters.
Group of girls posing with DREAMS sign (© Sauti)

Working toward an AIDS-free future for girls in Africa

Girls and young women account for 74% of new HIV infections among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa. The DREAMS initiative is reducing that number.
Jill Biden speaking to students in a classroom (© Mandel Ngan/AP Images)

As U.S. students show appreciation for teachers, they can touch the...

First lady Jill Biden and second gentleman Douglas Emhoff are not the first educators to take on ceremonial White House roles.
Firefighters in full gear smiling (© John Minchillo/AP Images)

Women tackle firefighting’s risks and rewards

Women in the United States are rising up the ranks of firefighting and leading all-female crews in a field traditionally dominated by men. Learn more here.
Two girls holding books while standing in front of library (Courtesy of Deyar Nasiri)

Teen sisters donate books that give voice to Muslim girls

Mena and Zena Nasiri started a nongovernmental organization to donate books featuring strong Muslim women to schools — and the movement quickly grew.
Nanay Lilian Gordoncillo next to table with dispensers (USAID)

5 ways USAID empowers women as leaders against climate crisis

When they have a seat at the table, women contribute to decisionmaking on natural resources and potential climate solutions.
Portrait of Barbara Watson (© HIAS)

Barbara Watson paved the way for women and Black diplomats

Learn more about the life of Barbara Watson, who rose through the ranks at the State Department and broke new ground for women and Black diplomats.
Illustration of Mars rover with blank name tag stuck on it and marker gripped in its robotic arm, poised to write (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Who names NASA’s Mars rovers?

Naming contests for NASA’s Mars rovers tap into youthful creativity and boost students' interest in science, technology, engineering and math.
Lisa Gelobter sitting and posing for a portrait (© An Rong Xu/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Black women who changed our world

African American women have invented modern conveniences and deepened our understanding of our world. Learn about the contributions of several Black women.