Women In The Workforce

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.
Man and woman with plantains (© Margarita Bajaña/Revista Zonalibre)

Ecuadorian plantain business survives earthquake … and thrives

Following a natural disaster, an Ecuadorian woman learns how to make her business bigger and better through a U.S.-supported training program.
Iranian woman at desk (State Dept.)video

Iranian women: Before and after Islamic Revolution [video]

Meet a few of the remarkable women who were thriving in Iran before Islamic fundamentalists overthrew Iran’s government in 1979.
Top: Iranian women in business suits (© Historic Collection/Alamy Stock Photo). Bottom: Women wearing black headscarves (© Vahid Salemi/AP Images)

Women in Iran: Before and after 1979 [infographic]

Iran was a very different place for women before Islamic fundamentalists overthrew Iran’s government in 1979. See in one image the stark difference.
Head of person wearing helmet in space (NASA)

NASA astronaut Christina Koch sets new record

Meet the NASA astronaut who just broke the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, with an expected total of 328 days in space.