Female Leaders

Portrait of dark-haired woman with long Indian-beadwork earrings (© Shawn Miller/Library of Congress)

Meet Joy Harjo, the new U.S. poet laureate

Joy Harjo, a Native American poet, playwright and musician, has been named the new U.S. poet laureate by the Library of Congress.
Artwork depicting lives of Chinese empresses (© The Palace Museum)

China’s last empresses debut in U.S. exhibit

Beijing's Palace Museum has lent the Smithsonian paintings, embroidered gowns and other items dating from China's Qing Dynasty for an exhibit on empresses.
Women walking down hallway with American flags on stands (TOMODACHI Initiative)

Indo-Pacific friendship from U.S.-Japanese exchange

The TOMODACHI Initiative connects thousands of young American and Japanese students with opportunities to learn about each other's cultures.
Melania Trump and Cindy Arlette Contreras standing among women (© Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Survivor turned advocate: Peruvian seeks justice for women

Arlette Contreras Bautista is leading a grassroots movement across Peru and the region against domestic violence and other injustices against women.
Woman talking through megaphone to gathered crowd (ShareAmerica)video

Iranian women’s history shows their role as leaders [video]

Watch this video to learn about influential women in Iranian history and see how conditions have changed for women in Iran since the 1979 revolution.
Melania Trump and Mike Pompeo standing in center of line of women on stage (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Iranians honored at Women of Courage awards

Women of Iran receive special recognition for their persistent fight for their rights at the 2019 International Women of Courage Awards.
Large group of men and women standing with right hands raised (© Al Drago/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

Get to know the 116th Congress

In four graphics, we take a look at the 116th Congress, including the historic number of women, as well as a bit about their backgrounds.
Woman with arms crossed standing in front of red airplane in a museum (Jim Preston/NASM)

American women rise to new heights

American women excel in fields from Wall Street to the auto industry to the art world. Read about the accomplishments of seven who are making an impact.
Aerial view of Oxford University (© Shutterstock)

2019 class of U.S. Rhodes Scholars prepares for Oxford

Meet a few of the 32 U.S. students elected as 2019 Rhodes Scholars. Nearly half are immigrants or first-generation Americans; 21 are women.