civic equality

Man talking while standing at end of table with five other people (State Dept./Ava D'Sa)

City leaders pledge to strengthen democracy

City leaders from around the world, from Argentina to South Africa, exchanged ideas about strengthening democracy.
Blindfolded woman with red on hands and face holding up hands in help signal for gender-based violence (© Paco Freire/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images)

The global scourge of gender-based violence

Learn more about what the Office of Global Women's Issues is doing to counter a surge of online and physical violence against women.
Mural of girl riding horse under the word "freedom" (© @superkant and @CyVisualsMiami for @StreetArtMankind)

Street mural exhibit in Houston aims to inspire

A collection of new murals in Houston draws attention to universal issues such as climate change and education.
Girls wearing masks and looking at notebooks and books (© Indranil Aditya/NurPhoto/Getty Images)

How the U.S. promotes gender equality around the world

The U.S. is working with international partners to address obstacles to achieving gender equity and equality around the world.
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Mary McLeod Bethune’s extraordinary life

Learn more about the life of teacher, college president and activist Mary McLeod Bethune and her recent honorary statue in the U.S. Capitol.
Ursula Bellugi smiling, posing in purple outfit (Courtesy of Salk Institute)

She proved signing is more than translating spoken words

Ursula Bellugi, an American neurobiologist, altered how sign languages are perceived worldwide. Learn about her groundbreaking discoveries.
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Historically Black colleges and universities are leaders in Fulbright Program

The State Department honored 19 historically Black colleges and universities as leaders in the Fulbright Program. Learn more.
Graphic comparing facts about American Muslims with general U.S. population (State Dept./F. Carter)

Muslims are finding success in American society

A recent poll of American Muslims shows a community that is an integral and thriving part of U.S. life. Find out more.
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Signing from the highest levels of government

Learn more about the important role federal American Sign Language interpreters have in maintaining our democracy.