Women’s Rights

India Female Farmers Illustration

India’s Suffering Female Farmers Have the Most to Lose

The country’s rural Dalits are already exploited—and know it can get worse.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez watches President Donald Trump's State of the Union address

It Takes More Than a Diverse Cabinet to Advance a Feminist Foreign Policy

The Biden administration must move beyond superficial inclusion and actively promote gender equality globally while seeking to reverse the harm done in the name of forever wars.

Picture taken in January 1946 in London showing Eleanor Roosevelt attending a United Nations meeting.

After a Century of Lobbying, Women Are Finally Getting Top Jobs in Washington

Instead of talking about “binders full of women,” the new president has appointed several key female leaders in the national security agencies—but the U.S. government is still a long way from gender parity.

Protesters hold placards outside the Nigerian Police headquarters in Abuja during a demonstration to raise awareness about sexual violence on June 5, 2020.

Why Nigeria Is Losing Its Fight to Prosecute Rape

Women who accuse men of sexual assault have faced backlash, high-profile defamation lawsuits, and even retaliatory police investigations.

Michèle Flournoy testifies during a hearing before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington on Sept. 24, 2009.

Why the Pentagon Remains a Battlefield for Women

A woman was passed over to lead the Pentagon—but it’s the entire country that’s missing out.

Family members of missing Pakistanis hold photos of their relatives at a Pashtun Tahafuz Movement protest rally in Karachi, Pakistan, on May 13, 2018.

Protest and Purdah in Pakistan

How the Pashtun Protection Movement became a release valve for women’s anger.

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