Dr. Denis Mukwege is a Nobel Peace Prize-nominated physician and Congolese national hero. Whitney Williams is a co-founder of Eastern Congo Initiative with Ben Affleck. Both joined Dr. Jill Biden during her recent visit to Dr. Mukwege’s world-renowned Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, DRC.


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    Congress Finally Moves on Sex Assault

    One in five women who attend college are sexually assaulted—and a bipartisan group of senators is launching a new bill to change that.

    Donors Warn Warren: Do Not Run in ‘16

    As speculation about the Massachusetts senator’s presidential ambitions swells, her biggest donors have one thing to say: There’s no way on earth they’re backing her over Hillary.


    Children Are Fatter Than They Think

    A CDC study found that only 23 percent of overweight kids know they’re at an unhealthy weight. Pediatricians need to step it up.

    Civil Rights

    The Hobby Lobby Case and Sex Discrimination

    The Supreme Court recently upheld the right of corporations to exclude birth control from health care coverage. But the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says that’s discrimination, and it’s against the law.


    Death Threats for Iraq’s Women & Gays

    Religious groups are threatening to kill the members one of the few Iraqi organizations dedicated to helping women and gays.

    Girl On Fire

    FDNY Calendar Features First Woman

    Bronx firefighter Danae Mines will heat up the 2015 FDNY calendar as the first woman ever featured in it, with a surprising picture.

    Home Alone

    Was She Abandoned?

    A mom was arrested for leaving her nine-year-old daughter in the park while working. Was more harm done by the state?


    Men, Your Breasts Aren’t Safe

    The FDA is encouraging drug companies to include men in breast cancer clinical trials. At present, there’s surprisingly limited knowledge on male treatment methods.

    A new Tennessee law criminalizes mothers whose babies are exposed to certain illegal drugs in utero. A week after the law went into effect, the first woman was arrested after her newborn tested positive for amphetamine – which is not an illegal drug.

    Death Watch

    Who’s Murdering Baghdad’s Prostitutes?

    The slaughter of 29 women and two men in an alleged house of prostitution shows the danger of the Iraqi government’s reliance on Shia militias for its defense.


    Tapestry of Color

    Octavia Spencer: My Oscar Fixed Nothing

    The ‘Get On Up’ actress on why TV is more diverse than film, and how life has changed since winning her Oscar for ‘The Help.’

    Ripped From the Headlines

    Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Best Performance Yet

    Her free-wheeling eloquence, as much the actress’s trademark as those emotive, saucer-sized eyes, is more measured than usual when discussing ‘The Honorable Woman’ and Gaza.


    ‘Prozac Nation’ Turns 20

    Twenty years ago Elizabeth Wurtzel’s ‘Prozac Nation’ ushered in a wave of confessional literature. While much-criticized at the time, we should hail her unflinching candor.


    The Pill Is More Than Birth Control

    We need to a better job of explaining that women use birth control for much more than delaying or avoiding motherhood.


    Comic-Con’s Year of the Kickass Woman

    With more female-focused panels and cosplaying women in attendance than ever, this year’s convention belonged to the ladies.


    Artist Gives Lohan the ‘Natural’ Look

    One artist has decided to combat the plague of Photoshopped celebrity looks by going in the oppose direction—depicting our favorite stars as if they looked more like us.

    Swipe Right

    Grindr Helps Holy Land Make Love Not War

    What happens when you tell a potential hookup you’re in Ramallah? Seven twentysomethings tried it using PalesTinder to reveal the results: sometimes racist—and sometimes just horny.


    Blake Lively Gets Her GOOP On

    The ‘Gossip Girl’ actress has followed Gwyneth Paltrow to the blogging ‘n’ selling online rodeo. We cut through the babble about historical and artisanal preservation to the $25 spoons.


    Brooklynite Goes Off Her Meds—for Art

    Performance artist Marni Kotak is weaning herself off a cocktail of antidepressants and anti-psychotic drugs in a Brooklyn gallery. Could you call it art?

    On the Home Front

    How the World Wars Changed Fashion

    Think shorter hemlines, the end of corsets, and (gasp!) trousers for women. It’s been 100 years since the start of WWI, but the war’s impact on fashion is still seen on runways today.

Call to Arms


    Announcing Women in the World Texas!

    Tina Brown’s Women in the World Texas to feature Gloria Steinem, Diane von Furstenberg, Eva Longoria, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe from Uganda and documentary filmmaker Deeyah Khan.


    The Death Penalty Is a Disaster

    The recent botched executions are just the tip of the iceberg. The death penalty is and always has been a financial and moral disaster.


    Women Are Really Driving the Democrats' Agenda

    Planned Parenthood argues that women voters are why Democrats have achieved a consensus supporting LGBT rights, marijuana legalization and immigration reform.

    Crisis at the border

    ‘We Cannot Return to Guatemala’

    Conservatives are blaming the immigration crisis on the president, but one mother who crossed the border says she’s never heard of Obama’s laws—she just wants to save her children.

    Hobby Lobby

    Not My Boss’ Business; Not My Politician’s Ploy

    Jessica González-Rojas of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health argues that Latinas are disproportionately impacted by a lack coverage for birth control – and the community will not sit by quietly.

    Daughter's Keeper

    British Law Prosecutes Parents for FGM

    British law said it was illegal to perform female genital mutilation or to take a girl out of the country for the purpose. Now, parents can be prosecuted for allowing it.

    Beauty Pageants

    A Crowning Moment of American Hypocrisy

    Thirty years ago, Vanessa Williams relinquished her crown amidst a nude photo scandal, crystallizing the unfair expectation that American girls have to be sexy, but not sexual.

    Voting Bloc

    How to Really Empower Black Voters

    Fifty years after the Freedom Summer, black voters are more powerful than ever. It’s time for both parties to realize this, and start competing for their support in earnest.