Female Leaders

Afërdita Bytyqi sitting in chair, with words and emblem in background (USAID/Sebastian Lindstrom)

A Kosovo judge’s quest for more effective courts

Learn how the U.S. government has worked alongside the citizens of Kosovo to help strengthen the country’s justice system.
Women standing on a stage with Mike Pompeo and Melania Trump (State Dept.)

Pompeo: The world needs courageous women

Meet this year's recipients of the State Department's International Women of Courage Awards, who have all overcome great risks to champion women's rights.
People holding hands in front of Lincoln Memorial (© Ira Schwartz/AP Images)

Do you know these three female civil rights heroes?

Meet three women whose dedication and skill put them on the front lines of the fight for civil rights for African Americans.
Woman wearing headscarf standing beside police vehicle (© AP Images)

A history of injustice: How Iran’s regime mistreats its people

February 20 is the observance of the World Day of Social Justice. See the broad swath of Iranian society that has suffered under the current regime.
People in a room looking at a sculpture (© Steve Helber/AP Images)

A monument to U.S. women’s right to vote turns 100

Learn about the U.S. suffrage movement and the women depicted in a sculpture on display in the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
Woman standing in front of American flags (© Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Gambian works to protect girls from cutting ritual

Giving birth to a daughter inspired Jaha Dukureh to take action to end a painful and medically unnecessary procedure inflicted on girls around the world.
Iranian woman at desk (State Dept.)video

Iranian women: Before and after Islamic Revolution [video]

Meet a few of the remarkable women who were thriving in Iran before Islamic fundamentalists overthrew Iran’s government in 1979.
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 putting 'Open' sign in window (© Shutterstock)

An uptick in hiring by women employers

Women-owned businesses with employees are hiring at increasing rates, recent data released by the U.S. Census Bureau shows.