The 114th Congress that convenes Tuesday will count more minorities and women than ever, although lawmakers remain overwhelmingly white and male in the Republican-controlled House and Senate. Continue reading
It’s another political victory for the popular potato.
For the first time, low-income women would be able to pay for white potatoes with government-subsidized vouchers issued by the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program, known as WIC.
The potato provision is part of a massive spending bill Congress is considering before the end of the year. Continue reading
Twin Cities Public Television’s “SciGirls” puts girl scientists in front of the camera. While the pre-teen scientists perform experiments for the audience, the producers hope it will encourage more women to join science and engineering fields. Continue reading
More than a million children have been forced to flee Syria’s civil war. Special correspondent Marcia Biggs profiles two young girls, 12-year-old Iman and 14-year-old Bushra, best friends who must work in the fields to support their families now living in Lebanon. But they are the lucky ones: A local organization has set up a school with afternoon shifts for working children. Continue reading
While the estimated number of cases of sexual assault are down 25 percent from two years ago, actual reports of assault have increased 8 percent in the past year. Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel said the findings are both a sign of progress and a need for greater reform. Hari Sreenivasan reports on continuing concern over retaliation for and how lawmakers are responding. Continue reading
The Nigerian government made a surprise cease-fire announcement with Boko Haram, a group that has carried out deadly bombings and suicide attacks. The militants have reportedly promised not to attack civilians, but the fate of 219 schoolgirls who were abducted in April is unclear. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading
What’s behind the timing of the cease-fire between Nigeria and Boko Haram? Jeffrey Brown speaks with J. Peter Pham of the Atlantic Council about the motivation for both sides, why the abducted schoolgirls may have become a burden to their captors and what to expect from future talks. Continue reading
Since 2009, Justice Sonia Sotomayor has brought her unique style to a traditionally reserved Supreme Court. In “Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice,” Reuters journalist Joan Biskupic explores how the court’s first Latina justice is making her mark. Biskupic joins Gwen Ifill for an inside look. Continue reading
Members of the gaming community launched a campaign in August called Gamergate as a response to allegations of unethical journalism. But it has grown to include outright threats against women who work in or critique the industry. Hari Sreenivasan talks to one of the targets of the harassment, Brianna Wu of Giant Spacekat. Continue reading
The Islamic State has gained notoriety for their beheadings and mass executions, but the group has also abducted thousands of women to make into sex slaves. A former female captive shares her story with the NewsHour, plus Gwen Ifill talks to Manal Omar of the United States Institute of Peace and David Jacobson of the University of South Florida about the exploitation of women by the Islamic State. Continue reading