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Women's Issues

"We Can Do It!" is a 1942 wartime poster produced for Westinghouse Electric to boost worker morale. During WW II women join the labor force in unprecedented numbers as men deployed to the front.

All around the world, women are blazing new trails and triumphing over long-entrenched obstacles, resulting in major advancements to the development agenda and global progress.  

Integrating women into their communities, their governments, and their economies is the best way to address many of today’s global challenges. From reducing poverty and expanding social inclusion to improving global health and access to education, women are a smart and reliable investment.

The United States supports these efforts in a variety of ways, including programs with local community-based organizations working to stimulate the political, economic, legal and social empowerment of women and girls.  Learn more! 

Department of State

  • Office of Women's Issues

    The Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues (S/GWI) seeks to ensure that women’s issues are fully integrated in the formulation and conduct of U.S. foreign policy. The Office of Global Women’s Issues works to promote stability, peace, and development by empowering women politically, socially, and economically around the world.” 

Free Downloadable Book (PDF,161 kb)

  • Book cover: "Women of Influence" (detail)
    Women of Influence

    This collection chronicles how 21 notable American women broke new ground, some by championing equal rights for all and others by their accomplishments in fields such as government, literature, and even in war.  


Women’s History Month Quiz

February 6 - Zero Tolerance Day

  • Photo of a group of young girls in Guinea. Source: USAID/Guinea
    Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

    February 6 marked the tenth observance of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, an internationally recognized day to foster awareness of the devastating effects of FGM/C and renew the call for the abandonment of this harmful traditional practice.  

    US, Dutch Work to End Female Genital Mutilation