A woman Ukrainian soldier in combat fatigues at a train station

Ukraine’s women fighters reflect a cultural tradition of feminist independence

In Ukrainian history and culture, women enjoyed independence and agency. The presence of women fighters in the war now is no surprise.

In this June 16, 2021, file photo, a migrant family from Venezuela move to a Border Patrol transport vehicle after they and other migrants crossed the US-Mexico border and turned themselves in Del Rio, Texas.

Undocumented women face shrinking options for reproductive health care under Texas abortion law

Several women in colorful saris sit and stand with bright yellow drinking vessels in front of a blue and green painted building.

Putting a price on women’s unpaid work in India

Kim Ju-won (left) and Park Sun-min (right) say same-sex couples are excluded from incentives to start families. 

South Korea’s baby boost for married couples excludes nontraditional families

Lifestyle & Belief
The Mary Wollstonecraft statue by artist Maggi Hambling is pictured in Newington Green, London, Britain, Nov. 11, 2020.

‘It’s a sculpture of an idea’: Activist defends nude statue honoring Mary Wollstonecraft amid backlash

Arts, Culture & Media
People take part in a protest against the ruling by Poland's Constitutional Tribunal that imposed a near-total ban on abortion in Warsaw, Poland, Oct. 28, 2020. The banner reads: "The Law And Justice Council introduced the church law at midnight today." 

‘Screaming at the priests’: Polish activists protest anti-abortion ruling

Reproductive rights

Only 1,100 legal abortions are officially reported to have been carried out in Poland last year. But women’s rights groups estimate more than 200,000 women in Poland accessed abortion illegally or travelled abroad for the procedure.

Two Iranian women take a selfie outside a shopping mall in northern Tehran, Iran, on July 2, 2019.

Iranians share stories of sexual harassment, abuse on social media


A series of recent social media posts by Iranian women sparked public outrage in Iran and abroad. Some women’s rights activists see an opening to normalize public discussion around taboo subjects.

1909 Women's Conference

Remembering Australia’s role in the history of women’s suffrage


The year 2020 marks a century since American women gained the right to vote. But they were part of a much broader movement that began 25 years earlier in Australia.

Protesters carry banners and placards at a demonstration during a women's strike (Frauenstreik) in Zurich, Switzerland June 14, 2019.

Thousands of women walk off jobs in Switzerland


Switzerland lags behind other Western countries in terms of equal pay for women. Thousands walked off jobs in a general strike on Friday to draw attention to pay to salaries and other issues.

Two women hold their arms in a bicep flex pose. One is wearing a pink cardboard costume in the shape of the women's gender sign.

After decades in the shadows, Russia’s feminists grab their spotlight

Generation Putin

Russia’s feminists are fighting to be heard in a country where most think there are bigger problems than gender inequality.