Women In The Workforce

Woman standing with clipboard in front of wall-sized computer (NASA/Robert Nye)

NASA names a building for a pioneering African American

NASA will name its headquarters in honor of Mary Jackson, the agency's first female African American engineer. Find out more about her legacy.
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Susan Ahn Cuddy, Asian American trailblazer [video]

Susan Ahn Cuddy was a trailblazer in U.S. military history. Watch a video charting her accomplishments.
Artist's conception of space telescope in front of nebula (© NASA)

NASA names telescope for pioneering female astronomer

Learn how Nancy Grace Roman, NASA's first chief astronomer, became a leader in her field — and a powerful champion for women in the sciences.
Smiling woman holding bunch of green bananas (© Twiga Foods Ltd.)

U.S. invests in Kenyans building a reliable food supply

Learn how a $5 million loan from the new U.S. International Development Finance Corporation will help support women and boost food security in Kenya.
Smiling woman standing with arms folded in open-sided building (Bobby Neptune/USAID)

A place to trade in Kenya

With help from the U.S. Agency for International Development, women are connecting to growing markets in drought-prone northern Kenya. Meet one of them.
Woman standing in front of building (© Lowell Observatory Archives)

The math genius behind Pluto’s discovery

American women have long guided U.S. space exploration. Learn more about the female mathematician who helped discover Pluto
Afërdita Bytyqi sitting in chair, with words and emblem in background (USAID/Sebastian Lindstrom)

A Kosovo judge’s quest for more effective courts

Learn how the U.S. government has worked alongside the citizens of Kosovo to help strengthen the country’s justice system.
Horseshoe-shaped table with participants seated around it (State Dept./Freddie Everett)

Eliminating economic barriers for women grows economies

More than 12 million women have been helped by the Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative. That number is expected to grow.
Large group of soldiers standing around woman (© University of Minnesota Libraries, Kautz Family YMCA Archives)

These African-American women helped in World War I

Learn about the African-American women who, during World War I and its aftermath, supported black American soldiers stationed in France.