Why we honor women of courage

The annual International Women of Courage Award is about more than the winners. Their examples inspire more women to make a difference in public service.
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Phyllis Oakley: A trailblazer for women in diplomacy

Principal Deputy Spokesperson Jalina Porter shares the influence Phyllis Oakley had on the careers of women in the State Department.
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Congressional Gold Medals for NASA’s ‘hidden figures’

Four African-American women who were instrumental in launching the U.S. space program are getting the highest civilian honor bestowed by the U.S. Congress.
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The positive power of an MTV teen drama

"MTV Shuga" has achieved remarkable results as a public health campaign that persuades viewers to adopt safer behavior that limits the spread of HIV.
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U.S. invests in Kenyans building a reliable food supply

Learn how a $5 million loan from the new U.S. International Development Finance Corporation will help support women and boost food security in Kenya.
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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.
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Kamala Harris: America’s vice president

As U.S. vice president, Kamala Harris is President Biden's closest adviser. Learn how her background helped transform her into a champion of justice.
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Women at the Boston Marathon: From bystanders to top competitors

When 30,000 runners await the start of this year’s Boston Marathon, almost half will be women. Half a century ago, women weren't allowed to participate.

10 reasons to invest in women and girls

Investing in women and girls improves a society and country — from health to the economy. Here are 10 reasons why leaders must make a smart investment.