"Equal pay for equal work" has been a phrase since the 20th century. However, in the United States, women still make, on average, significantly less money than their male counterparts. The Paycheck Fairness Act attempts to address the gender wage gap and will be voted on in Congress later this week, but is not expected to pass.
Team sports are illegal for women in Saudi Arabia. But like their counterparts the world over, they're just as eager to show their stuff on the pitch and the field. A new soccer league has emerged to serve those women, and hopefully fight a growing health problem as well.
Every year, thousands of women between the ages of 14 and 19, are smuggled through the small town of Tenancingo, Mexico, into the United States and forced into sex work. Many of these women end up in Queens, the new epicenter of prostitution in New York City.
The Vatican reprimanded the largest group of Catholic nuns in the United States two weeks ago for promoting "radical feminist themes." The reprimand was issued after a two-year investigation. The church has appointed an archbishop to oversee reform of the group, but many Catholics have come out in support of the American nun group.
Shaima Jastaniah showed her independence last summer by driving. The simple act by her and other Saudi Arabian women broke the law, and Jastaniah was sentenced to 10 lashes for it. She was pardoned by the Saudi king, but police said they'd lash her anyway. Now the police have reversed course.
The Violence Against Women Act has been locked in partisan gridlock for months, with expiration looming in September. Tuesday, there appeared to be movement with a Republican Senate leader agreeing to a short-term deal. But whether the bill, or any bill like it, can get past the House of Representatives remains to be seen.
In Pakistan, almost one-third of both girls and boys suffer some sort of sexual abuse. Often it comes at the hands of their own family members -- and they seem to have nowhere to turn for help. So they suffer in silence, in the shadows, often for years.
Recent attention and criticism of Liberia's cultural practice of female genital cutting may have had a positive impact. Or, at the very least, something has changed. A group of female traditional leaders announced what amounts to a four-year suspension of the practice -- and the government is trying to make that suspension permanent.
American women playing basketball can make a few bucks in the WNBA. But more and more, the elite women in the WNBA are spending the league's off-season overseas, competing in Russia to make a few extra dollars while they're still in prime playing shape.
A new report reveals that on most Native American reservations in the United States, access to Plan B emergency contraceptives is incredibly difficult. And that's even though nearly 1 in 3 Native American women will be raped at some point in their life.