The Girl Effect Accelerator: Startups and mentors partner for positive change

The Girl Effect Accelerator seeks to mentor budding female entrepreneurs and help them present their ideas to potential investors.
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Her improbable dream led to NASA

Learn how watching American astronaut Neil Armstrong's 1969 landing on the moon inspired a 7-year-old Costa Rican girl to pursue a career at NASA.
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U.S. leads the way globally for women’s economic empowerment

31 countries have signed the U.S.-led Call to Action on Women’s Economic Empowerment. Learn more about what this means for women around the world.

Zero tolerance for female genital mutilation [video]

Mariya Karimjee was just a little girl when she experienced a horror shared by millions of women around the world: genital mutilation.
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Teen tech whiz prompts cyberbullies to rethink their words

An American teenager created an app aimed at cutting back on cyberbullying. The app asks the user to rethink a message before pushing "Send."
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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.

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.
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Young entrepreneurs learn that business can be sweet

How does a lemonade stand turn into a full-fledged business? Programs designed to inspire young entrepreneurs teach American children valuable skills.

Shot for wanting an education, Malala now inspires a university curriculum

"Who is Malala?" the gunman demanded of bus passengers in Pakistan's Swat Valley before firing his weapon, injuring his target and two of her...