Sex and Gender

Female German politicians celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s voting rights in Germany.

Did Angela Merkel Matter for Women?

The ambiguous feminist legacy of the world’s most powerful woman.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defends the rights of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender people from around the world in a speech during International Human Rights Day at the United Nations in Geneva on Dec. 6, 2011.

What Biden Can Learn From Hillary Clinton’s Landmark LGBT Speech

When tackling big, global problems, expect pushback—but keep going.

Retired Sgt. Tom Swann wears a "lift the ban" armband to protest the "don't ask, don't tell" policy against gays in the military in Washington.

Fighting ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Paved the Way for Gay Rights

A new book chronicles the arduous struggle for LGBTQ equality in the U.S. military.

A woman holds up a sign that demands the abolition of prostitution during a demonstration in Madrid on Oct. 23.

Why Does Spain’s Progressive Prime Minister Want to Ban Prostitution?

Pedro Sánchez hopes to bolster his feminist credentials—and take on the far right.

Greicy Estefania, the 6-year-old daughter of ex-combatant Esmeralda Ranjel, and her friend Desiree ride their bicycles past a mural of female ex-combatants of the Colombian rebel group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Pondores, Colombia, on Oct. 3.

As Colombia’s Peace Crumbles, Female Guerrillas Wonder What’s Left for Them

Many joined the FARC to escape traditional gender roles. Now they’re being forced back.

Sheila Vand in 2014's A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Logan Pictures

An Iranian Feminist Vampire Defangs the Patriarchy

The subversive rebellion of “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.”

Zohra Kurji helps new mother Arj Rizvi at the lactation clinic at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, in October 2020.

The Loneliest Lactation Consultant in the World

Pakistan has 50 million women of childbearing age and only one globally certified person to help them feed their newborns.

Jennifer Klein speaks at the White House.

Jennifer Klein on the U.S.’s ‘First Ever’ National Gender Strategy

“We want it to be aspirational,” said co-chair of U.S. President Joe Biden’s policy council.

Staff at the KL Fertility Centre demonstrate the egg freezing procedure for members of the media in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 11. A growing number of women in Singapore are traveling overseas to clinics such as this one to freeze their eggs.

Why Does the Singaporean Government Care About Egg Freezing?

The city-state’s ban on the procedure is making its demographic problems worse.

A Spartan woman says goodbye to her son as he goes to war in an 1881 drawing by Dionisio Baixeras.

Why Can’t Women End Wars?

Even as other domains of policy diversify, peacemaking is still left almost entirely to men.

A woman protests during a demonstration against sexist violence in Madrid.

Should Abusive Partners Have Parental Rights?

A gruesome case of “vicarious violence” in Spain raises new questions about whether abusive partners can ever be good parents.


No Country for Good Girls

Sonia Faleiro writes a searing account of the case of two Indian girls found hanging from a mango tree—and uncovers dark societal truths about how and why they died.

Women’s rights activists protest the killing of Noor Mukadam.

Can Social Media Bring Justice for Women in Pakistan?

The killing of Noor Mukadam has galvanized an unprecedented online movement.

Students from the University of Texas hold signs during a rally in favor of abortion rights November 24,2003 in Austin, Texas.

What Happens When Women Can’t Get Legal Abortions

Examples from around the world show that restrictions can actually lead to more, not fewer, abortions.

TOPSHOT - Women walk through a road in Ghazni on June 3, 2021.

‘They Left Us to the Taliban’

Six Afghan women describe their feelings of fear, anger, and betrayal in the wake of America’s departure.

An Ethiopian women sits at a refugee camp in eastern Sudan.

U.N. Officials Downplayed Sexual Violence in Ethiopia in Leaked Call

In a conversation in March, U.N. officials on the ground questioned whether some reports of mass rapes in the Tigray fight were “media hype.”

A female TV presenter from southern Afghanistan

The Tragic Fate of Afghanistan’s Journalists

Many are fleeing or in hiding. Women, some locked out of their outlets, are in particular danger.

The High Court in Malaysia

Malaysia’s Sexist Citizenship Law Is Keeping Families Apart

Malaysian mothers can’t automatically pass on their nationality to foreign-born children. The pandemic has worsened the law’s ill effects.

Some of the 21 people arrested under suspicion of being members of the LGBT community in Ghana leave after appearing in the Circuit Court in Ho, Ghana, on June 4.

Ghana Doubles Down on Homophobic Laws

A country long regarded as a beacon of democracy in Africa is poised to pass draconian legislation criminalizing the country’s LGBT community.

African leaders attend an entrepreneurship forum.

To Improve Women’s Access to Capital in Africa, Look to California

Development finance institutions should follow California’s highly effective gender-equitable standards.