Stories: Equality

  • Runaway Brides

    Perched on her boarding-school bed while taking a break from studying, 16-year-old Dhaup Talniya recounts her plans: First, complete her education. Then become a police officer. That way, she says, she can enforce laws in her tiny village in India’s northwest to stop child marriages and motivate girls to get an education. Despite laws requiring women to be...

  • The UN Celebrates Women and Girls in Science—and Why That’s Important

    Think on this: What happens to the typical man with a PhD in science after his wife has their first child? Are his opportunities affected by the status of his home life or gender? Now this: What happens to the typical woman with a PhD in science after she has her first child? Or her second? How do her (mostly...

  • Telling the Stories of Mozambique

    Mozambique is one of the world’s poorest countries. But summarizing Mozambique with one of its oft-repeated statistics does not do the country or its people--and their struggles and successes--any justice. Dancers in Xai-Xai, Mozambique, perform a war dance local to the Gaza district to welcome dignitaries. Everything I read about Mozambique on the Internet in my pre-trip research...

  • The Chilling Effects of Russia’s Anti-Gay Law, One Year Later

    Sitting in the food court of a Moscow shopping mall, Konstantin Yablotsky reflected on the effects of the Russian government’s hostility to what it calls “gay propaganda” over the past year. “People have become more closed, more depressed, less out than they were,” he said. “The law makes our activity more difficult, because...