Across Women's Lives

Doctors for Choice in Malta gather to advocate for a bill to decriminalize abortion in Malta.

Abortion is illegal in Malta. Activists are trying to increase access.

On the predominantly Catholic island, abortion is illegal under all circumstances. During the pandemic, activists have strengthened networks to increase access to abortion information and services.

The Iron Dames line up in front of their race cars on the race track.

Iron Dames: The all-female team racing to bring change to motor sports

People walk along a downtown street in Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday, March 16, 2020. Millions of women and girls globally have lost access to contraceptives, abortion services and related care because of the coronavirus pandemic.

How women and girls are especially at risk of hunger during the pandemic 

Sevilay, a mother of two in Istanbul, got permission from her husband to have an abortion as required by law. But she had trouble finding a public hospital that would do it, and even some of her friends criticize her for her decision.

Abortion increasingly hard to access in Turkey

Reproductive rights
Delegates attend talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in Doha, Qatar, Sept. 12, 2020.

Afghan women negotiating with the Taliban say they feel ‘heavy responsibility’

Women & Gender
the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wears a bright red suit jacket

RBG’s early days in Sweden shaped her fight for women’s equality

Women & Gender

In the early 1960s, Ginsburg traveled to Sweden, and learned Swedish, to work on a law project with a Swedish scholar, Anders Bruzelius. Her observations of Swedish society opened up her eyes to the possibilities for women’s equality in the United States.

In this file photo, a mural depicting messages against sexual harassment and reading "safe cities" in Arabic script is seen on a highway in Cairo, Egypt, Sept. 3, 2018.

Social media censorship in Egypt targets women on TikTok


The government cites conservative values as the reason for policing music and dancing clips on the trendy video-sharing platform.

A snowboarder heads back to the lodge at Squaw Valley in Olympic Valley, California, Dec. 5, 2015. Last month, the resort announced plans to change its name in the coming year.

A racial slur remains in hundreds of place names throughout North America

Clashes throughout North America about the racial slur “squaw” is starting to lead to place name changes.

A crowd carries two caskets.

Latin American women are disappearing and dying under lockdown

Women & Gender

The pandemic worsened but did not create this problem: Latin America has long been among the world’s deadliest places to be a woman.

A demonstrator holds a sign as people gather outside the European Union institutions to rally in solidarity with Poland's LGBT community, in Brussels, Aug. 19, 2020.

Polish activists fight against anti-LGBT movement


Poland is considered the worst country in the European Union in terms of gay rights.