Sex and Gender

Women wait to receive wheat in Kabul.

Women Cut Out of the Afghan Peace Process

Two decades of progress are threatened by the Taliban return—and a hasty U.S. exit.

Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield speaks about the pending nominations of key foreign-policy and national security officials.

Biden Takes Small Steps Toward Feminist Foreign Policy

Biden’s push for gender equality is a huge change from Trump, but experts stop short of calling it a feminist foreign policy.

A campaign poster advocating for a ban on full-face coverings in Biberen, Switzerland, on March 7. The poster reads “Stop extremism!” in German.

Where Face Masks Are Required but Burqas Are Banned

Switzerland’s crackdown on Islamic symbols is normalizing anti-Muslim bigotry across the political spectrum.

A Ugandan woman poses before watching the opening of Dominic Ongwen's ICC trial.

A Major Anti-Kony Verdict Is No Relief

A member of the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group has been convicted of crimes against humanity, but the survivors are still struggling to pull their lives together.

People wave a rainbow flag as they celebrate the victory of Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election in West Hollywood, California, on Nov. 7, 2020.

The Missing Realism of Biden’s Pro-LGBTQ Foreign Policy

The new administration has committed to far-reaching human rights goals that could easily backfire.

Members of Congress wear white to honor the women’s suffrage movement and support women’s rights as U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Feb. 28, 2017.

Representation Isn’t Enough

The number of women in elected office is on the rise, but that hasn’t necessarily translated into more power.

A stewardess of an Emirates airlines flight from London arrives at Dubai International Airport on May 8, 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Middle East’s Progressive Darling Abuses Its Women

What the harrowing saga of a Dubai princess reveals about her country’s international reputation.

From left: Reporter Kate Webb in 1968; reporter Frances Fitzgerald on May 1, 1973; and photographer Catherine Leroy about to jump with the 173rd Airborne during
Operation Junction City in South Vietnam on Feb. 22, 1967.
Bettmann Archive/Getty Images/Bob Cole/Catherine Leroy Fund

How 3 Women Broke Into the Uber-Macho World of War Reporting

“You Don’t Belong Here” celebrates three trailblazers who cleared the way for generations of female journalists.

Members of AIDS activist group ACT UP hold up signs of George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, and Jesse Helms along with a banner stating “Silence Equals Death” as they protest at the headquarters of the Food and Drug Administration in Rockville, Maryland, on Oct. 11, 1988.

U.S. Leaders Forgot the Lessons of the AIDS Crisis by Not Doing the Reading

Literature’s power to illuminate otherness makes it critical to leadership.

South Africa's Caster Semenya competes in the athletics women's 1500m final during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast on April 10, 2018.

Women Athletes Subjected to ‘Sex Testing’ are Faced With Impossible Choices

The cases of Caster Semenya and Dutee Chand shed light on the invasive medical procedures endured by intersex athletes around the world.

Members of the Kurdish Women's Protection Units arrive on the front lines in the eastern outskirts of Raqqa on July 18, 2017.

The Women Who Helped Topple the Caliphate

“The Daughters of Kobani” chronicles the female Kurdish fighters who battled terrorists, fought for equality, and then got stabbed in the back.

Women take part in a demonstration during the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Santiago, Chile, on Nov. 25, 2020.

Why Chile’s New Constitution Is a Feminist Victory

Activists built on years of organizing to achieve a groundbreaking gender-parity requirement in the upcoming drafting process.

A portrait of Emperor Maximilian I with his family, 1516-1520, by artist Bernhard Strigel. Maximilian's marriage to Mary of Burgundy, the richest heiress in Europe, expanded the House of Habsburg and gave the dynasty a foothold in western Europe.

The Founding Fathers of International Relations Theory Loved War but Overlooked Sex

Pre-modern European power was grounded in marriage and childbirth, not just conflict.

Yeliz Guzel practices her musical instrument, the baglama—a kind of lute, in her one-room apartment in Mersin, Turkey, on Nov. 23, 2020.

Singing for Inclusivity in Turkey

Yeliz Guzel’s pride choir brought LGBTQ Turks together—but left her ostracized.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

There Will Be Another Pandemic. Women Can Stop It.

From the household to the national stage, women play crucial roles in global health systems. Governments should adopt inclusive strategies before another crisis strikes.

 

Sex Criminals Use Bitcoin. So Do the Police.

Cryptocurrencies offer vast potential for catching sexual predators—but it remains mostly untapped.

The Wave sculpture by Wren Miller commissioned to launch Brita’s sustainability campaign is on display in London on June 15, 2016.

How to Keep Activist CEOs Honest

New sustainable finance regulations in Europe will raise the bar for green investment.

People wearing protective face masks hold banners during a protest against draft laws used to threaten abortion-rights protesters in Warsaw, Poland, on Jan. 20.

Trump’s Legacy Is a Global Alliance Against Women’s Rights

U.S. conservatives have forged dangerous ties on abortion with reactionaries abroad.

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