In Israel, don't expect to see as many stick-thin models in advertisements in the future. The Israeli government has passed a law banning use of models that are too thin and requiring disclosure if a model's appearance was modified to make her look thinner.
In some African countries, female circumcision is a widely practiced tradition. But as more attention is shone on the practice, also known as female genital mutilation, it's come with other consequences. An African reporter has gone into hiding after her report on the practice in Liberia was published.
Almost eight percent of U.S. veterans are women, but the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is geared primarily toward men. That's meant a lot of women veterans are homeless and living on the street — or on waiting lists for the services they need.
Birth control is a hot button issue this campaign season. Funding for Planned Parenthood, mandated trans-vaginal ultrasounds, and access to contraception are being discussed at every level. Recently, it is a debate that is being fought as much by entertainers as by politicians.
No Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are supporting the Democrat's version of the bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act — a bill that once enjoyed bipartisan support. They have their own, competing version that women's advocates say won't cut it.
Russia makes a big deal out of International Women's Day. Women are celebrated, getting flowers and gifts. It's described as a combination of Mother's Day and Valentine's Day — all rolled into one.
Reproductive freedom, health care for women, and contraceptive access have all emerged as talking points in the 2012 election run up. At the polls on Tuesday, women voters came out in favor of Mitt Romney over the more socially conservative Santorum.
A growing number of advertisers on Rush Limbaugh's syndicated, conservative talk-radio show have pulled the plug. At last count, 11 businesses have decided not to air ads on his program in the wake of his calling Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke a slut.
The Senate voted on Thursday to maintain the Obama Administration's birth control mandate, requiring employers to offer health coverage for contraceptives. Missouri Senator Roy Blunt's proposal, an amendment to highway bill S. 1813, would have allowed employers to exclude birth control from health coverage plans based upon their "religious belief or moral conviction."
Sen. Olympia Snow of Maine was the latest moderate congressional representative to decide that the partisan rancor that has enveloped Washington in recent years is so unlikely to get any better that rather than seek re-election, she's rather just go home. And that's only likely to make the partisan divide even worse.