Dessa is from Minneapolis. She'd a graduate of the University of Minnesota and holds a degree in philosophy. She's also a hip-hop artist.
VIDEO: 3 American students released as American journalist describes beating at hands of Egyptian authorities
Mona Eltahawy and Jehane Noujaim, American journalists in Egypt, have been detained by -- and Elthawy says she was badly beaten by -- Egyptian military police. While State Department officials are still trying to gain the release of Noujaim, three American students detained on Monday are set to be released.
Louise Williams Bishop stood before a crowd of her fellow legislators recently and, in the wake of the sexual assault scandal at Penn State, admitted she, too had been sexually assaulted as a child. She said she was raped by her stepfather, but never reported it.
Erin Curtiss, a midwife in Seattle, went to Haiti to help train more midwives. What she found, though, shocked her and disappointed her, but left her wanting to help more.
In a press conference Monday, Sharon Bialek, represented by attorney Gloria Allred, became the fourth person to accuse Herman Cain of sexual harassment — but she's the first to do so publicly.
With elections in Tunisia slated for Sunday, women and moderates are worried that surging Islamist parties will roll back the liberal policies that have set Tunisia apart from the rest of the Arab states.
Fawzia Koofi is one of the most prominent women in Afghanistan and she's angling for higher office: she wants to be the country's first female prime minister. But she has to survive, first.
For the Trakiiski Kalaidzhii, there are many important rules that factor in dating. Most are merely "traditional," but one that has invited much criticism is the practice of paying a bride's family for "her honor," or guarantee she is a virgin.
Domestic violence is no longer a municipal crime in Topeka, Kansas, the latest casualty in budget wars going on at all levels of government.
Two Liberian women shared this year's Nobel Peace Prize with a woman from Yemen. The news provoked celebrations and pride in many parts of Liberia, though not everyone is happy.