Women

Residents walk past debris after an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan in 2011

How Japan Rode a Tsunami to Equality

Japanese women quickly realized that the disaster that struck their country nine years ago was an unprecedented opportunity to overcome discrimination.

Girls read an educational book about family planning in Uganda

Trump’s War on the Concept of Women’s Health

The United States has joined with a group of authoritarian countries in opposing not just abortion, but also basic medical vocabulary that applies to women.

A Mongolian woman walks along a road on the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar on July 13, 2016.

Living While Female in Mongolia

The country has some of the worst rates of sexual violence in Asia—and old attitudes are proving hard to change.

Muslim women hold placards during a protest rally held against India's new citizenship law.

India’s New Laws Hurt Women Most of All

New Delhi wants people to prove their citizenship. But Indian women are the demographic least likely to possess paperwork.

A woman walks past electoral billboards bearing a portrait of Israeli Prime Minister and Likud party chairman Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Sept. 4, 2019.

In Israel’s Endless Elections, Female Candidates Have Been the Biggest Losers

Party mergers and other systemic problems have buried the country’s once-vaunted female political leadership.

Seventeen-year-old Louch Vi feeds her two sons at her hut in the Mondulkiri region of Cambodia on Feb. 9, 2018. Louch said she and her sons go days at a time without food.

The World’s Mothers Are Watching Ever More Babies Die of Starvation

Malnutrition is passed from one generation to the next between mother and child—unless someone commits to stopping the deadly cycle.

Mexico's Andrés Manuel López Obrado

Mexican Diplomacy Has Gone Feminist

Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration has boldly reoriented its foreign policy toward gender equality.

Men and women join in a protest march in Pretoria, South Africa

African Men Try Leading the Fight to Stop Sexual Violence

Some of their ideas are effective, some are strange—and some could make the problem even worse.

A woman and children near a water tank at the Kurdish-run al-Hol camp for the displaced where families of Islamic State foreign fighters are held in northeastern Syria on Oct. 17.

In Syria, the Women and Children of ISIS Have Been Forgotten

Leaving thousands of detained Islamic State supporters and their families in poorly guarded camps poses a national security threat for Europe and the United States.

Women dressed like the former actress and first lady Eva Perón march to celebrate the anniversary of women’s suffrage and denounce the policies of Mauricio Macri’s government in Buenos Aires on Sept. 23.

Feminism Is Uniting Argentina’s Left and Right

Ahead of elections, politicians on both sides are acknowledging the need to empower women.

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The Her Power Index

How the U.S. government is failing women in foreign policy.

Bosnian women flee Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Oct. 31, 1992.

For Bosnian Women, No Justice—and No Seats

In the Balkan wars, women were targets. In postwar governments, they’ve been pushed out of sight.

An Indian woman displays her 2000 rupee notes as she has her finger inked with indelible ink after exchanging withdrawn 500 and 1000 rupee banknotes at a bank in Chennai on November 17, 2016.

Protecting Women Will Make You Money

Big investors are starting to use a new metric to assess financial risk: rates of gender-based violence.

A "Goddess of Democracy" statue looks out over a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong on June 4, marking the 30th anniversary of China's Tiananmen crackdown.

Chinese Propaganda Paints Hong Kong as a Spoiled Brat

The mainland’s new nationalism comes with a heavy dose of old patriarchy.

Activists rally for women’s rights during a march to honor International Woman’s Day in Washington, D.C., on March 8, 2017.

What the G-7 Got Right—and Wrong—About Gender Equality

When the United States takes the helm of the group next year, it will have an opportunity to do even better.

U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy listens during a hearing before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 24, 2009.

Women Look to 2020 to Break the National Security Glass Ceiling

Advocacy groups see the upcoming election as an opportunity to boost the number of women in senior positions.

Activists with green handkerchiefs, which symbolizes the abortion rights movement, demonstrate to mark the revival of their campaign to legalize abortion, in front of the National Congress in Buenos Aires, on May 28.

Young Voters Care About Abortion Policy. Argentine Politicians Are Ignoring Them.

The youth vote is becoming increasingly important in Argentina, but the leading presidential candidates are deliberately avoiding the issue that matters most to them.

The movie poster for "One Child Nation."

The Dark Legacy of China’s One-Child Policy

On the podcast: The filmmaker Nanfu Wang tells the harrowing story of her own family’s one-child ordeal.

Nadia Murad sits in a UNODC office, preparing for an upcoming speech at the United Nations, in the film "On Her Shoulders."

A Survivor’s Struggle to Care for Her People and Herself

On the podcast: The filmmaker Alexandria Bombach followed the Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad for the film “On Her Shoulders.”