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The Islamic Republic’s War on Women

The election of Hassan Rouhani gave new momentum to Iran’s devout Muslim feminists — but the mullahs aren’t having it.

Best Defense

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Japan’s Reluctant Feminist

For the hawkish new governor of Asia’s biggest city, fighting for female empowerment was a necessity, not a calling.

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