women & girls

Headshot of smiling young woman in hijab, outside, surrounded by greenery (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

New U.S. youth observer to the U.N. to engage millennials in...

Munira Khalif will spend the next year as the U.S. youth observer to the U.N., showing millennials that their voices count on the international stage.
Two women standing in front of hand-painted protest signs ( (© Laurent Dubrule /Reuters)

The secret weapon against violent extremism: Women

See how some mothers in Belgium, Afghanistan and Kenya are playing a big part in preventing their children from being radicalized to violence.
Woman leaning over table flanked by two people (D.A. Peterson/Dept. of State)

Enterprising African businesswomen make their mark

From designing gowns and luxury handbags to producing healthier rice and making adorable dolls, enterprising African women help communities prosper.
Image of Dream Chaser Cargo System (Sierra Nevada)

Meet the woman behind this spaceship

The American-made Dream Chaser spaceship will one day take astronauts and supplies into space. The woman leading that effort came to the U.S. from Turkey.
Green sauce poured over food dish (Topolobampo)

Top U.S. food prize highlights American diversity

Meet some of the 2017 winners of the coveted James Beard Awards and learn about the food cultures from around the world that influenced the chefs.
Illustration of a girl writing math equations on a blackboard (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Math and science have no gender

In most countries, boys are more likely than girls to excel in math and science. That is starting to change, thanks to a push by countries and educators.
Teenager seen through a window of wooden house (© AP Images)

Fighting back against the modern slave trade

Human trafficking is a scourge of the modern world. But U.S. cities and states are taking steps to combat this $150-billion-a-year enterprise.
Ying McGuire (Courtesy of Ying McGuire)

From China to Texas: An executive’s success story

Ying McGuire immigrated to the United States from China to earn a master’s degree and now is vice president of a global technology-solutions company.
Hand drawing intricate design (Courtesy of Turquoise Mountain)

Artists from Turquoise Mountain Institute transform Afghanistan

Afghan artisans demonstrate their skills in painting and various crafts in a museum exhibition in Washington, courtesy of a British charity.