Collage of women's faces (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Inspired by America, they’re heading home with big plans

Women from Afghanistan, Egypt and Jordan are among 80 young leaders who spent the summer studying in the U.S. as part of a State Department program.
Henna-dyed hands (© AP Images)

Women’s rights are human rights

International agreements have helped protect women's human rights, but in many countries women and girls are still denied basic freedoms.

Are sports just for fun? Not for these women.

The U.S. Department of State is partnering with espnW to increase girls’ and women’s participation in sports worldwide.
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.
Close-up of Jared Leto with text '#HeForShe' (Courtesy photo)

Message to men: Standing up for women is your issue too

When “Harry Potter” star Emma Watson spoke at the United Nations to promote the #HeForShe campaign, her message to men and boys was simple....

Why do more women than men live in poverty?

The Beijing Platform for Action, developed at a 1995 United Nations conference, sets an agenda for women’s empowerment and identified 12 critical areas of concern....

It’s time to end FGM/C

More than 125 million women and girls are living with the consequences of female genital mutilation/cutting, also known as FGM/C. Most were age 15...
Susan Finley standing in front of NASA space museum exhibits (© Emily Berl)

Meet NASA’s Susan Finley, still exploring ‘the final frontier’ at 81

Want to know what it's like to work on a space mission? Ask a NASA veteran who's spent decades probing the solar system. She's got stories to tell.

How far will her success ripple out to others?

Education is a key path to women's empowerment. When girls and women are able to go to school and learn, their families and societies benefit.