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Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel at a news conference in Berlin, Germany. February 19, 2020. Michele Tantussi/REUTERS

Other Nations Have Been Putting Women in Charge. Where's the United States?

As the race for the Democratic nomination heats up, the chances of the two remaining women appear to be fading. That has left some voters asking — again — whether the United States is ready to elect its first female president. But rather than looking inward, voters would do well to widen the horizon and look abroad. Read More

Women and Women's Rights
What the G7 Got Right—and Wrong—About Gender Equality
When the United States takes up leadership of the G7 next year, there’s one aspect of the French playbook it should follow: recognizing the importance of gender equality to the G7 agenda.
Women and Women's Rights
Dear Mr President: Time to Take Women’s Rights More Seriously as a National Security Issue
Senior Fellow Catherine Powell reposts two pieces on conflict-related sexual violence.
Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: India Criminalizes Instant Divorce
Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering July 22 to August 1, was compiled by Alexandra Bro, Mallory Matheson, and Rebecca Turkington.
  • Women and Women's Rights
    The 2019 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
    Human trafficking is more than a gross violation of human rights—it is also a security challenge. On World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, Jamille Bigio explores the security implications of human trafficking.
  • Women and Women's Rights
    A Feminist Approach to Humanitarian Support
    Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This post is authored by Kristin Kim Bart, Senior Director for Gender Equality, International Rescue Committee.
  • Development
    Why Investing in Women Matters: Mainstreaming Women’s Economic Empowerment in the World’s Poorest Countries
    Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This post is authored by Esther Pan Sloane, Head of Partnerships, Policy, and Communications at the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF).
  • Women and Women's Rights
    Women This Week: Parliamentary Progress in Japan
    Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering July 12 to July 19, was compiled by Mallory Matheson and Rebecca Turkington.
  • Women and Women's Rights
    A Woman on the Moon and Equality on Earth
    As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and push toward a new frontier in space exploration, it is time to ensure women are equal partners in STEM and space.
  • Women and Women's Rights
    Five Questions on #MeToo in Pakistan: Nighat Dad
    In 2017, an unprecedented wave of women’s activism began to sweep the globe. Powered by technology accessible to millions of women for the first time, a new, viral movement ignited the #MeToo campaign around the world. What started online has now sparked the most widespread cultural reckoning on the rights of women in history, with international implications for women’s participation in the private sector, politics, and peacemaking. The #MeToo Moment Series features interviews with these women leaders and advocates globally.
  • Women and Women's Rights
    Women on the Blockchain: Moving Beyond “Blockchain Bros”
    Cryptocurrencies have the potential to radically alter the world's financial systems. But could they also upend inequality?