women & girls

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.
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.
A grid of images showing women in formal gowns (© AP Images; © Getty)

Inaugural gown previews a first lady’s style [video]

The inaugural gown worn by the first lady offers an initial hint about her fashion sense and helps indicate the tone of the incoming administration.
Three women talking at a table. (D.A. Peterson/Dept. of State)

What these young women took home to Africa after meeting Michelle...

Here are three women who met Michelle Obama during her trip to Morocco, and then visited her in Washington. They have plans to encourage girls to learn.
Hand holding flowers (© AP Images)

Violence against women and girls harms everyone

Violence against women and girls is a serious problem worldwide, but it is preventable through effective laws that protect them.
Girl with face painted peeking from behind banner (@ AP Images)

What are YOU doing to stop gender-based violence? [video]

Gender-based violence victimizes one out of three women worldwide. A new initiative challenges everyone to take action to end this worldwide scourge.
Drawing of woman exiting taxicab, pedestrians in background (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

A drive for women’s empowerment

Hira Batool Rizvi co-founded She`Kab, Pakistan’s first shared taxi service for women, which provides safe, affordable and reliable transportation to work.
Henna-dyed hands (© AP Images)

Women’s rights are human rights

International agreements have helped protect women's human rights, but in many countries women and girls are still denied basic freedoms.