social activism

Woman in helmet and breastplate in front of women and girls in Greek costume in front of neoclassical building (Library of Congress)

An inspiration for women fighting for their rights

Women who fought for the vote in the U.S. faced stiff opposition. The way they prevailed serves as an example for women around the world fighting for their rights.
Illustration of a man with his mouth taped shut drawing a talk bubble (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Finding creative ways to protest

See how Iranians and other activists in the world challenge their governments' illegal actions using civil, nonviolent methods.
Cartoon drawing of man in tiger suit riding a donkey (© Bettmann/Getty Images)

In the U.S., people power dismantled political machines

A century ago, corrupt political machines that made their leaders rich thrived in U.S. cities. But people came together to reform the system.
Man looking out window (State Dept./D.A. Peterson )

Two brothers work for freedom in North Korea

With plastic bottles and flying balloons, two brothers — North Korean defectors — use different strategies to spread information in the closed society.
Ten people posing for photo on bench (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Meet 10 amazing young people … and be inspired

Ten young change makers from all over the world, winners of the U.S. 2018 Emerging Young Leaders Award, are spending two weeks in the United States.
Hand holding up mobile phone to take picture of crowd (© Shutterstock)

Want to be a citizen journalist? You might be one already.

Social media have changed the way the world gets its news and allowed citizen journalists to use Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook and other platforms to report on what's important in their communities.
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Women who stood up to power

These eight women used nonviolent resistance and changed the course of history. Learn more about them as we honor Women's History Month.
Melania Trump walking across stage (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

First lady honors global women of courage

First lady Melania Trump, bestowing the secretary of state's 2018 International Women of Courage Award, explains why this year's honorees are role models for everyone.
Large crowd of people on a bridge, with one hand reaching skyward (© Gerald Herbert/AP Images)

Explore the trail of the U.S. civil rights movement

A new website, civilrightstrail.com, uses 360-degree videos, historical comparison photos, interviews and interactive maps to guide visitors along important civil rights sites across the southern United States.