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The First Lady headlined an event highlighting the struggles of working mothers—but she pulled punches on the country's failure to ensure childcare and family leave.

Wajeha al-Huwaider

The internationally renowned activist talks to Katha Pollitt about women and driving in Saudi Arabia, a feminist Islam, and the chances for a “Saudi Spring.”

Americans love to say “We're all just people.” So why are we so bent out of shape by not knowing a child’s gender?

France

What's the point of having all those smart, social-democratically inclined secular citizens if, it turns out, they're self-satisfied creeps who will defend DSK?

The Schwarzenegger and Strauss-Kahn scandals have thrust the plight of the hired help into the spotlight. But usually these women are invisible, exploitable.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Reeling in the wake of Dominique Strauss-Kahn's arrest on rape charges, the French public has started to ask some soul-searching questions.

A woman holds her child in Nairobi, Kenya

An American nonprofit is offering HIV-positive Kenyan women $40 to use IUDs as long-term birth control—and women are taking them up on it. Is this the right way to prevent the transmission of HIV to children?

Credit cards

Credit card companies have targeted women for some of their worst deals. But as consumer advocates start policing the industry, some women risk seeing access to credit dry up.

Women's health, abortion, birth control

Planned Parenthood's funding may have survived, but Congress still trampled on women's rights.

If corporate America and right-wing libertarians get their way, thousands of female Wal-Mart employees will never get the substance of their case heard in court.

Blogs

It’s more important for girls to be angry at our misogynist culture than to “love themselves.”

August 2, 2012

Sequestration cuts will hit women fastest and hardest.

July 30, 2012

This vulnerable group could be left high and dry just when they should be trying to save for retirement.

July 23, 2012

A few high school students organizing online are helping push women’s equality back into the conversation about the presidential debates.

July 20, 2012

Yahoo’s appointment of a female CEO is historic, but that doesn’t mean she’s coming in with plans to blaze trails for other women.

July 18, 2012

Low-income women were expected to be among the biggest beneficiaries of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. Now that’s at risk.

July 17, 2012

Rape jokes that expose the cruelty of the act can be funny. Tosh’s wasn’t. 

July 16, 2012

Funnily enough, not all comedians are defending Daniel Tosh’s rape jokes.

July 12, 2012

Domestic violence rates have skyrocketed in the aftermath of the recession, but governors are cutting funds for victims.

July 12, 2012

Yes, jokes about rape can be funny. Daniel Tosh’s wasn’t.

July 12, 2012