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Rape is not an inevitable consequence of war, says new UN special representative Margot Wallström. And there's far more UN peacekeeping troops could do to prevent it.

The burgeoning sex industries in Syria and Jordan are thriving because of the Iraq War. The US could speed resettlement for Iraqi women who are trafficked—but it hasn't.

I know Bibi Aisha, the woman on the Time cover. But the logic of those who use her image to argue for the war escapes me. The question her story raises is, What Happens if We Stay?

Katrina vanden Heuvel and Melissa Harris-Lacewell join host Laura Flanders in studio to kick off The Nation on Grit TV.  This week: the victories of Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman in California, Sharron Angle in Nevada, and Nikki Haley in South Carolina in last week's primaries are being hailed as a victory for women. Yet do conservative, anti-government women's candidacies really spell gains for women nationwide?

Ever since Sex and the City 2 hit theaters, reviewers have been battling over the cleverest way to call four grown women spoiled and self-absorbed. Why don't men get criticized like this when they conspicuously consume?

If the boom years failed to lift poor mothers into the middle class, how are they faring now that the middle class is becoming the new poor?

Mothers are wonders. But they might prefer not to be giving quite so much—in fact, research suggests they're at the breaking point.

The closet persists, for Eric Massa and for countless others.

Without accountability and adequate support for the victims of sexual violence during the Bosnian war, ethnic fault lines could deepen.

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Senate candidate Todd Akin claimed yesterday that “legitimate rape” somehow turns off the female body’s reproductive capabilities. That is absurd.

August 20, 2012

Akin’s comments that a woman’s body will reject a pregnancy from rape would be laughable if they weren’t so dangerous.

August 20, 2012

If only the gender wage gap weren’t caused by discrimination. But the data says otherwise.

August 15, 2012

Political disagreement hurts most when it hits close to home.

August 13, 2012

Where Mitt Romney has been vague, Paul Ryan has long been very specific about his support for policies that take a disproportionate toll on women.

August 13, 2012

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