Three women wearing black body suits and holding helmets (© Obi Grant)

The world’s first Nigerian Olympic bobsled team

Three Nigerian-American women are making history as the first bobsled team from an African country to compete in the Winter Olympics.
Ahd Kamel in dark dress standing on red carpet (© Neilson Barnard/Getty Images/DIFF)

International actresses find their place on American TV, movie sets

Saudi-American Ahd Kamel and Kenyan-Mexican Lupita Nyong’o are among the international actresses who have found success in American television or cinema.
Girls reviewing book (© AP Images)

An investment that benefits everyone

An investment in girls is an investment in society, one that pays real social and economic dividends to everyone.

‘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 woman pushing economic graph upward (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Here’s how U.S. companies help women worldwide

Major U.S. corporations are steering their charity to women's economic empowerment, from factory workers to women-owned businesses.
North Korean defector Lee Hyeonseo (D.A. Peterson/State Dept.)

Outside North Korea, this defector found a new world

When she was 17, Lee Hyeonseo escaped into China while famine ravaged North Korea. After a decade of hiding, she now shares her story to raise awareness of other defectors.

These women pull no punches

Yasmian Al-Sharshani, Carla Bustamante, Caroline Maher and Batoul Arnaout are working to change the face of sports in their countries.
Peggy Whitson in space suit (© AP Images)

U.S. astronaut sets record as oldest woman in space

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson just became the oldest woman in space, adding to her long list of barrier-breaking records.

Most beauty queens say they want to fight for human rights....

Kimberley Motley didn't go outside the United States until 2008. That’s when she learned about a State Department program to train and mentor lawyers...