Social Activism

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 in chador holding documents at an office (© Ebrahim Noroozi/AP Images)

Iranian president begs voters to be regime’s ‘savior’

Iran's leaders know that their government is failing. See what the regime is asking its people to do in parliamentary elections scheduled for February 21.
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.
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The power of peaceful protest [video]

See how peaceful protests can lead to positive social and political changes, especially if they include a wide representation of citizens.
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Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy [video]

People across the world still strive to realize Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of equality for all. Learn more about King's lasting impact.
Illustration of Martin Luther King Jr. above street sign bearing his name (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Where streets have one name: Martin Luther King Jr.

Learn what inspired dozens of countries to name thousands of streets after Martin Luther King Jr., whose legacy is honored every January in the U.S.
Ivanir dos Santos speaking during an interview (© Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty Images)

A champion of religious freedom in Brazil

Ivanir dos Santos, a Candomblé priest, has championed religious freedom in Brazil for decades. His Afro-Brazilian religion is the target of persecution.
Illustration of people sneaking money out of large globe (State Dept./D. Thompson)

December 9 is International Anti-Corruption Day

Corruption props up dictators, weakens democracies, and drains needed revenue from the global economy. Find out just how much.