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Black Women Are Now The Most Educated Group In The U.S.

The National Center for Education Statistics released a new suite of college enrollment stats; its findings are remarkable. Namely, there’s a higher …

Women of Color

Education Protects Women From Abuse

Extremists hate smart girls because smart girls are less likely to be kept down.<p>The horrifying kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls by the extremist group Boko Haram was made even more horrifying by the fact that the group specifically targeted the girls for trying to improve their lives. …

Changing Education from a Risk to a Right for Girls in Afghanistan

I am a businesswoman living in Abu Dhabi--a vibrant city located in the United Arab Emirates in the heart of the Middle East. A few years ago at an International Woman's Day celebration, I had the privilege of hearing a 24-year-old Afghan woman named Shabana Basij-Rasikh speak.<p>Shabana shared her …

'Marrying Down' Costs Educated Women $25K a Year

A less educated husband can spell financial ruin – especially for Black women.<p>This article is from the archive of our partner<p>It's widely known that low educational attainment, neighborhood racial segregation, and a biased criminal-justice system are detrimental to Black Americans' ability to climb …

Pakistan Village Elders Burned a Teen Girl to Death: Cops

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Village elders burned a 16-year-old girl to death in rural Pakistan after she helped a local couple elope, police said Thursday.<p>Deputy Inspector General of Police Saeed Khan Wazir said the victim's mother and 15 members of a village jirga — a group that resolves local disputes …

Crime

Yes, I Really Did Talk to My Toddler About Gender and Sex

Sex, gender and gender identity are complex concepts. When I say sex, I mean a person's biological, anatomical internal and external sexual organs. …

Should Women Be Able to Abort a Fetus Just Because It’s Female? Cont'd

Emma just posted a piece on the provocative issue of sex-selective abortion, pegged to a recently passed law in Indiana banning the killing of a fetus based on its “race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, or diagnosis or potential diagnosis of the fetus having Down syndrome or any other …

Feminism

For Mother’s Day, let’s stop shaming and stigmatizing single moms.

“Asa. Asa.” That’s what my son called himself before he could pronounce his name, Alexander. One evening, when we were at dinner with a married …

singlemoms

Pakistani woman burns daughter alive for eloping

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A woman in Pakistan burned her 17-year-old daughter alive on Wednesday to punish her for marrying against the family's …

Why Are More Women Than Men on Instagram?

Mothers’ historical responsibility for taking family photos could be one explanation.<p>A few months ago, I asked my husband why he wasn’t on Instagram. I didn’t inquire because he’s some kind of social media maven—the man has 83 Twitter followers—but because I had noticed my feed, albeit a highly …

Nearly 12,000 Pregnant Women in Colombia Have Zika

An early report on Zika spread in Colombia reveals that close to 12,000 pregnant women have the virus.<p>In the report released Wednesday in <i>The New</i> …

Public Health

Joe Biden: 'Sex without consent is rape. Full-stop.'

"Sex without consent is rape. It is, full-stop, rape."<p>Vice President Joe Biden delivered an impassioned speech on rape culture and violence against women on Tuesday at the White House's first-ever United State of Women Summit.<p>The summit, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, is …

Why Fitness Pros Need To Stop Talking About 'Bikini Bodies'

<b>Getting real about powerful results a mindful fitness practice can actually impart.</b><p>I remember my first "selfie." It was a hot summer day and I was preparing to take my kids, ages 7 and 1 year old to the beach. I dug to the bottom of a bin of pre-pregnancy clothes, I found a two-piece suit and …

The St. Paul's School Rape Survivor Comes Forward

<b>Update:</b> The survivor in a high-profile sexual assault case at a prestigious New England prep school broke her silence with a powerful message on …

Anti-Abortion Groups Sue Chicago Over 'Bubble Zones' Outside Abortion Clinics

A group of anti-abortion “sidewalk counselors,” represented by a conservative law firm, are suing Chicago over a 2009 law that created eight-foot …

Pro-life Movement

Connecting the dots between girls' education and land rights

when you educate a girl you educate a nation #education is the basic rights of girls https://t.co/LwgmPtDhm3

Kochi school makes a difference as transgenders face tough life despite 2014 SC verdict

Following the 2014 landmark Supreme Court judgment recognising transgenders as third gender, several organisations in Kerala came forward to bring …

'Girls' education is the global civil rights issue of our time'

Photograph: SANJAY KANOJIA/AFP/Getty Images<p>School girls play with coloured powder outside a school in Allahabad on March 25, 2013.<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/10/11/1444554154804/825a8130-21f1-4f1d-a5fd-6e096b0d035b-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: SANJAY …

Civil Rights

What this 11 year old boy did for the girls in Sierra Leone will inspire you

Meet Chet, he’s only 11 but he’s one of our most passionate and <b>inspiring</b> supporters.<p>Chet’s in Year 5 at St Kilda Park Primary and this year he wore a …

Sierra Leone