politics

Conflict & Justice

How the Rosie the Riveter era changed America: an African-American woman's story

While America still has far to go in reducing racism, we've come a long way. Over almost a century of life, Betty Soskin has lived through segregation, the civil rights era and Black Lives Matter. As the nation's oldest park ranger, she reflects on how the needs of the nation during World War II helped speed social change — not just for women but also for African Americans.

Lifestyle & Belief

Does France's 'burqa ban' protect — or persecute?

In 2004, France banned the wearing of all conspicuous religious symbols in grade schools. Then, in 2010, France enacted the so-called "burqa ban," making it illegal for Muslim women to wear the traditional face and body covering in public. These rules, based in France’s extreme separation of church and state, have stirred debate over whether France is protecting secularism or stifling religious freedom.