Women In The Workforce

Woman standing with arms crossed in front of blackboard (© Andrea Kane/Institute for Advanced Study)

U.S. mathematician is first woman to win ‘math’s Nobel’

Meet Karen Uhlenbeck, a U.S. professor whose work has led to some of the most dramatic advances in mathematics in 40 years.
Three women standing in meeting room (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

A nanoscientist bonds with women in Africa over STEM

An American scientist has traveled to Egypt and Kenya to champion science to women and girls and hosted female scientists from South Africa and Tunisia.
Sandra Cauffman seated, at microphone (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Her improbable dream led to NASA

Learn how watching American astronaut Neil Armstrong's 1969 landing on the moon inspired a 7-year-old Costa Rican girl to pursue a career at NASA.
Men and women in long robes in street (© Vahid Salemi/AP Images)

Before and after 1979: Women’s rights in Iran

While women around the world have been breaking barriers for decades, Iranian women have struggled to gain back the basic human freedoms they lost in 1979.
Woman astronaut surrounded by electronics (NASA)

NASA schedules its first women-only spacewalk

Meet the two female astronauts who will make history March 29. They will leave the International Space Station for a seven-hour spacewalk.
Woman talking through megaphone to gathered crowd (ShareAmerica)video

Iranian women’s history shows their role as leaders [video]

Watch this video to learn about influential women in Iranian history and see how conditions have changed for women in Iran since the 1979 revolution.
Two people standing in bucket by power lines (Claire Novak)

Women break boundaries in the energy sector

USAID is working in nine countries to increase the number of women in the energy sector,  especially in higher-paying technical and leadership positions.
Hollywood sign (© AP Images)

Hollywood: Still a magnet for worldwide talent

Actors and filmmakers from Poland to Taiwan have contributed to the world's first and most profitable film industry, centered in Hollywood, California.
Large group of men and women standing with right hands raised (© Al Drago/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

Get to know the 116th Congress

In four graphics, we take a look at the 116th Congress, including the historic number of women, as well as a bit about their backgrounds.