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Maps Strengthen Disaster Relief and Progress Gender Equality

We take maps for granted in the developed world, particularly in the age of smart phones, but millions of people live in unmapped regions. Women need to be a vital part of fixing that.

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Women Speak Up About the Customs That Encourage Early Marriage and Childbirth in Zimbabwe

I conducted in-depth interviews in Zimbabwe to find out more about persisting social norms on sexual and reproductive health and rights there and who upholds them.

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“Remember the Ladies” on Women’s Equality Day

The visionary pioneers who campaigned for decades to make it possible did not achieve the vote in their lifetime.

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What If Women Had Never Won the Vote?

It’s undeniable: The 19th amendment has had a huge impact on American politics—especially in the past four decades. But what if it had never passed?

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Celebrate Women’s Voting Power and Become a Ms. Partner

You depend on Ms. to bring you the analysis and expert opinion about what’s driving women’s choice of candidates and perspectives on the issues. We depend on our partners and readers to keep Ms. strong.

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When It Comes to Body Hair, the Personal is (Still) Political

Failing to wear a bra is widely considered a stunt “designed” to attract men’s sexual attentions—while failing to shave may be considered purposefully off-putting and rebelliously, aggressively feminist. But unless one considers rebellious feminism a hallmark of the effort to attract male attention (hint: it’s not), these juxtaposed interpretations don’t make any sense at all.

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The Women’s Vote is the Key to Gender Equality—and National Security

The bottom line? Peace, prosperity and security are not possible anywhere without women’s rights.

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Losing Ground as We Make History: On Women’s Representation in Public Office

What we need from our leaders, organizations and the public at-large is sustained focus and support getting women to run for public office.

Egypt's Sara Ahmed competes during the Women's 69kg weightlifting competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 10, 2016.  / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Stoyan Nenov

10 Women Who Made Olympic History in Rio

65 new Olympic and 19 world records set at the 2016 Games. Many of those new records – as well as some Olympic firsts — were achieved by women.

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Claressa Shields is Another Olympian Breaking Boundaries for Women and Girls

Women’s boxing will not even be televised on most channels, and fans have to find the matches online. But this stigma won’t stop Shields. After all, she is a fighter.