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Trauma Can Be Hard to Talk About. It Can Also Be Hard to Hear: Reporter’s Notebook

Jessica Washington shares how she developed relationships with sources while investigating how Native mothers experience the Minnesota foster care system.
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‘Never Just a Wife or Widow’: Reflecting on Coretta Scott King and the Women of the Civil Rights Movement

As the world honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., journalist Lottie Joiner, former editor of the NAACP’s The Crisis, reflects on the role of women’s leadership in the civil rights…
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​​‘Kill the Indian … Save the Man’: Tracing the Government’s Long, Racist History of Uprooting Native Children

The challenges Native American families currently face under Minnesota’s child welfare system are echoes of a racist past. Here’s how more than two centuries of federal policies aimed at annihilating Native culture set the stage…

'Your Mom is a Bad Mom': Minnesota's Foster Care System Rooted in Racist Boarding School Legacy, Native Mothers and Experts Say

For many Native mothers, the fear of having their children ripped away from them and the ripple effects of generations of forced family separations remain omnipresent.
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Did Angela Merkel Matter for Women?

Whatever labels have been affixed to this often-inscrutable woman, there is one that she herself has consistently dodged: feminist.
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It’s Not Just Texas and Mississippi: Abortion Access is in Jeopardy Across the Deep South

As all eyes turn to the landmark case before the Supreme Court, advocates in the South say they’ve been sounding the alarm on access for years.

How Major Abortion Laws Compare State by State: Map

On Dec. 1, the Supreme Court will hear a case from Mississippi over its 2018 law banning abortion after 15 weeks—the first serious challenge to Roe v. Wade. Here's a state-by-state comparison of key abortion restrictions throughout the U.S.
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‘My Classmates Have No Hope’

“We were the ones hoping to shape the future, but they took that future away from us,” a teen girl writes, describing the “terror” of attending a high school in northern Afghanistan under Taliban control—the latest dispatch in our series with Rukhshana Media, “Ending America’s Forever War: What is next for Afghan women?”
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'We Must Stay Strong': As Freedoms Erode, An Aspiring Student Calls for Solidarity, Hope

A young Afghan woman seeks solidarity and hope for women and girls despite Taliban oppression.

Dispatches From Afghanistan: ‘Can You Imagine How Difficult It Is to Feel Exiled in Your Own City?’

A female journalist in Kabul adjusts to life under the Taliban’s shadow.
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She Survived Two School Attacks. Now She Fears Pursuing Education Will Make Her a Taliban Target

A 19-year-old dressmaker in Kabul fears her dreams of continuing her education will make her a target for the Taliban.
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Maya Wiley Won’t Be New York’s Next Mayor. What Will Happen to Her Signature Proposal?

Former New York City mayoral candidate Maya Wiley says she won’t be running for New York governor, but that won’t stop her from championing her signature child care agenda from outside public office.
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Struggling to Survive: Afghan Journalist Describes Harrowing Escape

"During the days that I lived under the dark shadow of the Taliban, I felt like a bird in a cage. Like a bird with wings, but no permission to fly," Afghan journalist Zahra Joya…
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Dispatches From Afghanistan: 'The Humiliation I Experienced Just to Escape the Taliban'

Get trampled or crawl through sewage? An Afghan woman describes the "humiliating" conditions fleeing Afghans faced while trying to escape Afghanistan after the Taliban took over.
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Dispatches From Afghanistan: 'The Day the Taliban Reached Kabul, it Turned into a Ghost City'

Afghan journalist Maryam Nabavi describes feelings of hope and despair after Kabul fell to the Taliban.
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Dispatches From Afghanistan: 'The Taliban’s Return Was the Death of Dreams'

After two weeks of living under Taliban control, a youth activist decides it’s time to for her to leave Afghanistan. “This is not what our people deserve,” says Hosnia Mohseni, 30.

Dispatches from Afghanistan: 'The Taliban Came and Killed My Spirit!'

A school teacher in central Afghanistan laments the loss of educational opportunities for girls and women since the Taliban took control.
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‘They Left Us to the Taliban’

Six Afghan women describe their feelings of fear, anger, and betrayal in the wake of America’s departure.
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