Eighty-two percent of Brazilian women are opting for C-Sections, many after hearing of the poor treatment received by women who had natural births.


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    Shut Up

    Anti-Vaxxers’ Newest Scheme

    After years of alignment with anti-vaxxers, Jenny McCarthy says she’s not anti-vaccine—she’s pro ‘one poke per visit.’

    TOO FAR?

    Tennessee to Criminalize Pregnancy

    The state legislature has passed a bill that would allow police to investigate drug-taking mothers if their unborn children are harmed by their addiction.


    Win Women, Win the Midterms

    The female vote gave the House to Republicans in 2010 and to Democrats in 2006. No wonder we’re talking about pay equality six months before Election Day.

    In Vitro Tourism

    Italy’s Baby-Making Troubles

    Ever-changing laws leave Italian couples mystified as the Catholic Church does battle with the fertility doctors.


    Women Battling Terrorism

    Women in Pakistan have successfully organized to help single out potential terrorists and militants in their communities.

    Poster Child

    Is Malala A Puppet of the West?

    Humaira Awais Shadid, a leading campaigner for women’s rights in Pakistan, argues that Malala Yousafzai is being used by the West to criticize Islam.

    Must Read

    Sandberg to Grads: 'Lean Further'

    Lean In's expanded version adds more advice and asks more of women than of companies to improve workplace equality.

    Same Work, Same Pay

    Obama Tries to Close Wage Gap

    On ‘Equal Pay Day,’ the president signed orders ensuring that federal workers could report wage disparities.


    Moving On

    Royal Tour Moves On

    William, Kate and George will arrive in Sydney tomorrow afternoon


    Edie Falco on Jackie’s Relapse

    Can Jackie stay sober? Edie Falco talks about the heartbreaking season premiere of ‘Nurse Jackie,’ and why addiction is an issue she’s so passionate about.

    Rebel Nell

    Graffiti's Hidden Value

    Recognizing value in Detroit's resources, two partners are creating jewelry, jobs and revitalizing their city.

    Growing Up Absurd

    Giving It Up in H.G. Wells’s Home

    Angelica Garnett's memoir of growing up amid the weirdness of Bloomsbury features the usual literary suspects, including Virginia Woolf, and not a few surprises.

    Bush League

    How Does Your Lady Garden Grow?

    The decision to ‘grow out the lady garden’ rather than succumb to landscaping has become a feminist issue worth debating—if only to quiet outdated societal standards once and for all.

    Fashion Favorite

    Candidate to the Stars

    It’s always a good idea to get celebrity endorsements for your congressional campaign, right? Well, maybe not when Nicole Richie’s hair color choice is overshadowing your message.


    Rethinking the Price of Beauty

    Women need to overcome social pressures and learn to feel good about themselves. The problem is doing it. Randi Hutter Epstein reports from the Women in the World summit in New York.

    Sheikha Who?

    Qatar’s Jackie O

    She’s obsessed over by the fashion set, but compared to Kate Middleton, Sheikha Mozah is an unknown. How her pricey taste—and circumstances—have kept her from becoming a household name.

    In Her Words

    Susan Boyle: Overcoming Asperger’s

    The bestselling singer and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ alum writes about her battle with the disorder.

Call to Arms

    Sex Selection

    A Not-So-Level Playing Field

    “Masculine” female athletes are forced to undergo sex testing – and treatment – if they wish to compete professionally.

    Whose Property?

    An Artist Confronts Sexual Harassment

    Tired of cat-calls, one Brooklyn-based artist decided to confront the practice with a public art project, “Stop Telling Women to Smile."

    Unique Roles

    The UN’s Female Peacekeepers

    Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and others praise the three UN peacekeeping units composed entirely of women, including one all-Muslim unit, that function on the ground and in peace negotiations.


    Day One Response Performs Alchemy

    Addressing one of the most-pressing issues of disaster relief, Day One Response gets clean water to victims.

    Mothers at Risk

    Fighting Maternal Mortality

    Midwives and other medical experts speak out on how to end the staggering loss of life occurring in the act of giving birth.


    Making a Difference in Hell

    Neema Namadamu is an advocate for change in Congo. Erin Cunningham reports from the Women In the World Summit.

    Family Ties

    Every Terrorist Has a Mother

    How do parents deal with the guilt and pain inflicted by violently extreme children? Vicky Ibrahim shared her story at the Women in the World Summit

    Energized Women

    Empower Women, Recharge the World

    Throughout the world, empowering women entrepreneurs is proving an effective strategy in fighting poverty, violence and economic stagnation.