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Hillary’s Challenge

Hillary Clinton is not our first female secretary of state, but she is our first explicitly feminist one.

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Afghans May Vote, But Women’s Rights Remain Elusive

The Taliban succeeded in pushing back women’s rights by centuries. But eight years of international presence in Afghanistan have not improved women’s prospects by much if at all.

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Roundup: New York Times Focuses on “Saving the World’s Women”

New York Times examines empowering the world’s women; Michele Bachman: “Keep your laws off my body!”; Operation Rescue lodges complaint over Carhart’s clinic.

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Clinton’s Plan for Women, and the People Who Hope it Fails

Concern for women’s rights among many conservatives extends only as far as it can be used against our enemies.

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Women in East Timor Unite in the Fight for Justice and Equality

Nearly 350 women gathered together for the Second International “Women for Peace Conference” in East Timor to talk about the role women can play “as creative agents for peace.”

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Clinton Takes on the Antis: This Is What Diplomacy Looks Like

In a speech for the history books, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a clear and uncompromising case for lifesaving role of international reproductive rights and health care access when testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee yesterday.

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Democracy: Always Good for Women’s Rights?

The general view in academic circles is that democracy should provide for enhanced civil, political and personal rights. But for the women of Afghanistan, the impending presidential elections are already beginning to restrict theirs.

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Roundup: Alaska Parental Notification Bill Stalled

Parental notification bill in Alaska stalled; leading Afghan women’s rights activist killed; Afghan family law will not be enacted as written; Washington state expands domestic partner benefits.

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New Afghan Law a Dramatic Abrogation of Women’s Rights

The international community played a role during the drafting of the Afghan constitution, ensuring seats for women in Parliament. Now this is the time to follow up on those principles that they enshrined for the Afghan people.

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We’re Back! US Reclaims Leadership Role in International Reproductive Health

At the recent Commission on Population and Development, for the first time in eight years, the US was front and center advocating an increased global commitment to reproductive health and rights.

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