female leaders

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U.S. poet Joy Harjo: ‘There’s a poem out there that can...

U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo says that after a period of pandemic and racial tension, she finds comfort and lessons in poetry.
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These women are building a safer, better world

Women around the world are defending human rights and the rule of law. Meet 12 who will be honored with International Women of Courage Awards.
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Uyghur authors detail abuses in their homeland

Two Uyghur women are publishing accounts of their experiences in camps in the People's Republic of China. Learn their stories.
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Promoting open government in South and Central Asia

Advocates in South and Central Asia push for more transparent governance. Learn more about them and how the U.S. supports their efforts.
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Black women transform contemporary literature

Meet six Black women who have written, edited or produced some of America's best literary work of the past 40 years.
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Putting an end to street harassment everywhere

Learn about how three organizations are tackling street harassment of women, people of color and members of the LGBTQI+ community.
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State Department’s Sara Minkara, champion of disability rights

Sara Minkara built a career as an advocate for people with disabilities. Learn what she is doing now at the State Department.
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AWE inspires Brazilian women entrepreneurs

A State Department-funded program in Brazil taught 90 women how to build their businesses. Learn more here.
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Americans we lost in 2021

As we look back on 2021, we say farewell to many notable Americans who left their mark on the world. Here are a few of those trailblazers.