Balance of Power

<p>Stories at the intersection of women and politics.</p>

A member of the campaign staff of former Democratic US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton

Women worldwide react to Clinton’s defeat

Global Politics

Many women were fiercely hoping that a woman would be elected president of the United States this week. Though they were disappointed by the result, they’re still hopeful for the future.

Yolanda Perea Mosquera is a survivor of sexual violence

Colombian war victims struggle to find justice. For a while, this girl only wanted revenge.

1 billion dollar question

Hey Donald Trump — here’s what women around the world need your help with

A woman cries during a meeting between FARC guerrilla leaders and victims of the La Chinita massacre

Schools help Colombians remember what it means to forgive

A Colombian female leftist rebel looks at the photo of legendary guerrilla leader Ernesto "Che" Guevara in a temporary rebel headquarters in San Vicente del Caguan in 1999.

For some Colombian guerrilla fighters, the rebels offered an escape

FARC rebels pose with an unidentified girl holding a weapon in southern Colombia in this undated photo confiscated by the Colombian police and released to the media on November 12, 2009. Police said that the photo was found on the body of a rebel FARC kil

She misses being a guerrilla, but this former FARC fighter is starting a new life back home


When she was 14, Xiomara picked up a gun and joined Colombia’s Marxist guerrilla group, the FARC. She stayed in the wilderness for 15 years. Now she faces the challenges of thousands of other women who have left the rebel group: how to come back.

Eman Khan is 5 years old

When being forcibly removed from your home isn’t entirely bad news


Pakistan’s US-backed campaign against terrorists in its tribal areas forced this family from home. But it’s not all bad news.

Nabila ur Rehman

A drone has left this 12-year-old girl as the keeper of her grandparents’ story


How a US drone strike upended the life of a 12-year-old Pakistani girl.

Marvi Memon

The woman leading Pakistan’s welfare program puts cash in the hands of women


This Pakistani politician got into office on a women’s quota system. Now she’s giving millions of women a leg up.

Umaima Awan sits with her mother, Um-E Salma, at the family’s house in Jauharabad, Pakistan.

This Pakistani mother was married off as a child — but she didn’t let it stop her


Um-E Salma was just 17 when she was married. And she was scared. But she wouldn’t let the marriage, or the daughter who came a little while later, deter her from her dreams. And now she’s hoping her daughter has a better path.