Two-time world chess champion Anna Muzychuk says she is boycotting the next world championship tournament because it's being held in Saudi Arabia, where women's rights are severely restricted. The Ukrainian is giving up her chance to win record prize money and the chance to defend her title because she doesn't want to feel like a "secondary creature."
The Old Masters in Italian museums pull in the crowds. And those waiting in long lines to see them rattle off their names: Michelangelo, Botticelli, da Vinci, Raphael, Titian. But if you ask them to name women artists from the Renaissance, most have trouble even coming up with one name.
In Mongolia, there are several prominent national and international organizations focused on women’s issues, and some say men need the same kind of support. Others rebuff that, saying that men still dominate positions of power.
Iceland's new prime minister is an environmental feminist, anti-war, crime-novel expert who wants to make Iceland carbon-neutral by the year 2040. At 41, she is one of the youngest world leaders today and is the most trusted political leader in her country, in poll after poll.
This past fall, Mariame Tighanimine published a memoir at age 30, called, "Différente comme tout le monde" ("Different, like everyone else"). Her face stares out from the cover, bareheaded with cropped hair, gold hoops in her ears.
"My dad was a doctor, and when I was 6 my family moved from the center of the garment industry, New York City, to North Carolina, America's garment manufacturing state," recalls Marco Werman, host of PRI's The World.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died early Tuesday morning. One of his last acts of mayor was to back a city memorial to the so-called comfort women of World War II, a move that angered its sister city, Osaka.
Rongmala Begum, like many of Bangladesh’s garment workers, doesn’t know how old she is. She doesn’t have a birth certificate, which is common for the rural poor here. She thinks she’s in her 40s. She has an identification card, but she can’t read it. Begum is illiterate.
The Rana Plaza collapse made companies and consumers more aware of working conditions in the clothing factories. In some places, reforms have made workers safer, but the changes are far from universal.
Across Women’s Lives’ “Wear and Tear” series traces the roots of women in the garment industry from textile mills in North Carolina to sweatshops in Los Angeles to crowded factories in Bangladesh, where the memory of the deadly Rana Plaza disaster lingers but real change has been slow.