Stories: Girls

  • The women and girls in Senegal pushing through the tech industry’s gender barriers

    The first time Binta Coudy Dé left Senegal was in 2011, when the then 22-year-old computer engineer was invited to participate in a tech competition organised by Microsoft in New York. Amongst the groups from all around the world participating in the competition, Dé’s group from Senegal was the only all-female team. “We knew that...

  • 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...

  • Rural Indian girls get discrimination-fighting tool: soccer

    HUTUP, India — The aging bus meanders through the narrow streets of a tiny village in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, the smell of manure wafting through the air. A thick darkness blankets the neighborhood ahead of the early morning sunrise. It’s 5 a.m., and the young girls hop on the bus, one by one. They range...

  • In Rural India, MIT Grads Aim to Improve Access to Sanitary Pads for Women

    DUMANDIH, India — Anita Kumari was scared and apprehensive when, at age 13, she first started her period. Though she'd learned about menstruation at her school in rural eastern India, she didn't fully understand what was happening to her body. But her mother calmed her nerves and gave her a cloth to use to absorb the blood. Like the...

  • 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...

  • How 3 Simple Words Are Changing an Indian Town

    Shyam Sundar Paliwal is a tree hugger. He pets trees as he walks by them. He points out the ones for which he holds particular affection. Ask him for a photo and he immediately wraps his burly arms around the nearest trunk. Where he lives, in an Indian village called Piplantri, that's easy to do — there are trees...