Gender role

Women rush out of a train during peak hours at Churchgate station in Mumbai, India, Monday, March 20, 2023.

Indian women do less paid work. It’s bad news for the economy.


Across the world, higher economic growth has seen a rise in women’s employment, according to the United Nations. But India is bucking that trend, where educated women are working less in paid positions.

Somali Parliament member Fawzia Yusuf H. Adam discusses with guests at her home in Mogadishu, Somalia Saturday, July 17, 2021.

Civil workshopping: Part I

Critical State
Military men and women exercise in a field.

Gender matters in the military

Critical State
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

A Japanese college graduate publicly promises that she will do her best in trying to find work during a job-hunting rally at an outdoor theatre in Tokyo.

Japanese women push back against leaning in

California Attorney General Kamala Harris, at left, shares the stage with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg following Harris' address at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California on February 10, 2015.

Ten ways women think outside the box


Women often have to learn their life lessons the hard way, thanks to gender bias, but those lessons often go far beyond gender issues. Here are 10 of the most important lessons that women have shared with Farai Chideya, the host of the One With Farai podcast from PRI.

Men on the street

This conference on ‘masculinity’ has everything to do with women as well


At a masculinity conference, researchers found that even men who are defying gender stereotypes are still trapped in gender roles.

Portraits of women around the globe

When a country has problems, women are often the answer


Twenty years ago, the Beijing International Conference on Women reviewed the research and declared that raising the status of women was a linchpin for global development. Join PRI’s The World as we explore how far we’ve come and what it means to combat gender inequality in our Across Women’s Lives coverage.

Peggy Young (3rd R) and her attorney Sharon Gustafson (4th R) wave to supporters as they depart the US Supreme Court building on December 3, 2014.

Pregnancy discrimination is still widespread, but this Supreme Court case may change that


The Pregnancy Discrimination Act was passed to ensure that pregnant women get the same accommodations as workers who have injuries or other problems. But the law has never lived up to its promise, and UPS driver Peggy Young has sued her employers to change that.

The World

Why do so many people in the Netherlands work part-time? Because they can


When it comes to part-time work, the Netherlands is the capital. Part-time policies have gotten more women into the workplace, but now some women are finding they’re hitting a Dutch glass ceiling.