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HEARING OUR VOICES
OTHERS SEE WASTE. SHE SEES WORTH. • MEET THE WOMAN WHO’S PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT, COMMUNITIES, AND LIVES THROUGH THE POWER OF TRASH.
MAKING LIFE CHANGING DISCOVERIES • Research scientist Dr. Laura Michael is helping shape a brighter future for people with type 2 diabetes.
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH? • NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’S FIRST EVER ISSUE WITH ALL FEMALE CONTRIBUTING WRITERS, ARTISTS, AND PHOTOGRAPHERS
WHY THE FUTURE SHOULD BE FEMALE • Our writer says it’s time for women to reject inferior status, demand equality, and unapologetically revel in their ambition and success.
Speaking Up • WE ASKED A DIVERSE ARRAY OF WOMEN TO TALK ABOUT THEIR TRIALS, THEIR VICTORIES, AND WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE.
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT CHALLENGE THAT WOMEN FACE TODAY? • When Pao sued her Silicon Valley employer for gender discrimination, she put the tech field’s treatment of women on trial. In 2015 a jury ruled against Pao, who by then led the social media site Reddit. Now she runs Project Include, a nonprofit she founded to fos-TECH INVESTOR, DIVERSITY ADVOCATE ter inclusion and diversity in the tech world.
WHAT STORIES WOULD THEY TELL ABOUT THE LIVES OF WOMEN? • SAY YOU HAD AN ARCHIVE WITH TENS OF MILLIONS OF IMAGES TAKEN ALL AROUND THE GLOBE, SINCE THE LATE 1800s
OPRAH WINFREY JACINDA ARDERN ASHA DE VOS • From a childhood marred by sexual abuse and poverty, she rose to career success, fame, and fulfillment—and uses her life story to encourage downtrodden women. Winfrey is a power player in broadcasting, publishing, and entertainment, and has a fortune estimated at $2.6 billion.
SPEAKING OUT TAKING CONTROL CHANGING DESTINIES SHAPING THE FUTURE • Women around the world are making their voices heard in government and their communities, moving many closer to gender equality.
PERIL PROGRESS PROSPERITY • WOMEN’S WELL-BEING AROUND THE WORLD
MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD • Women’s level of inclusion in economic, social, and political spheres is a critical measure of a country’s basic human rights. Countries such as Rwanda, Moldova, Turkmenistan, Armenia, and Benin have recently made notable gains in women’s education, financial access, or representation in the national legislature.
BREAKING FREE OF VIOLENCE • Large-scale conflicts can normalize violence against women within their homes and communities. Such general insecurity can promote a hypermasculine culture, which has widespread repercussions for women.
BALANCING THE SCALES OF JUSTICE • Discriminatory gender-based laws and societal prejudice can make it hard for women to own property, open bank accounts, find employment, start businesses, and otherwise participate in society. Even in nations that have laws to protect women, what’s on the books may differ widely from what’s enforced.
REMAKING RWANDA • Tragedy and necessity have created opportunities that seemed unimaginable. The challenge now: to make them last.
POWER IN NUMBERS • Women account for roughly half the world’s population but occupy less than a quarter of political seats. Rwanda is an outlier, with more women in power, proportionally, than any other country (followed by two other authoritarian-leaning nations, Cuba and Bolivia). But political parity—whether through appointments or elections—remains an elusive goal in many countries.
LAURA BUSH SYLVIA EARLE EMMA GONZÁLEZ • The onetime schoolteacher and librarian made literacy promotion her signature issue during her husband’s two terms in the White House (2001-09). Now back in her native Texas, she’s involved in global initiatives to...