women's rights

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Accused of Giving a Female Robot More Rights Than Women

After Saudi Arabia became the first country in the world to grant a robot citizenship this week, critics were quick to point out that Saudi women are still denied basic rights and dignities under the country's notorious guardianship system.
Leila Ettachfini
Planned Parenthood

After 101 Years of Fighting for Women's Rights, Planned Parenthood Looks Forward

The non-profit has been relentlessly targeted by the GOP since 2010, but with over a hundred years of championing reproductive rights under their belt, Planned Parenthood has no plans to back down now.
Leila Ettachfini
Saudi Arabia

Saudi Women Describe How It Feels to Finally Win the Right to Drive

In the aftermath of Saudi Arabia's historic announcement that women will be allowed to drive starting next year, Broadly spoke to three Saudi women about the long-awaited victory.
Leila Ettachfini

How Sex Toys Revolutionized the Way We View Women's Pleasure

We spoke with sex historian Hallie Lieberman on the rise of sex toys, the "orgasm gap," and the narrative that Victorian doctors invented vibrators to treat hysteria.
Allee Manning

I Dropped Out of College Because I Couldn't Bear to See My Rapist on Campus

Betsy DeVos thinks campus rape investigations are tilted in favor of the accuser, but that was far from my experience. Now that she's rescinded Obama's guidelines on campus sexual assault, I worry that more and more students will suffer like I did.
Audrey Chu

India Moves to Ban Unjust 'Instant Divorce' in Landmark Ruling

Under triple talaq, Muslim men can divorce their wives by uttering the word "talaq" thrice. According to a new judgment by the Supreme Court of India, it's now unconstitutional.
Sirin Kale

Russian Police Detain Feminist Summer Camp Guests Over 'Extremism' Concerns

Police in the southern region of Krasnodar detained 11 women's rights activists who just wanted to hang out in an environment free of "sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and any sort of xenophobia."
Zing Tsjeng

Female Recruits Forced to Undergo Vaginal Exams by Nebraska State Patrol, Lawsuit Claims

A lawsuit alleges that a female state trooper was forced to submit to a "medically unnecessary and sexually invasive" procedure before she was hired, and it has prompted a criminal investigation.
Kimberly Lawson
women's rights

Afghan Women Are Fighting for the Right to Be Called By Their Names

Some Afghan men believe that sharing a woman's birth name dishonors her, using phrases like "my goat" or "my chicken" to refer to them instead. Now, women are fighting back with a social media campaign that asks: Where is my name?
Mitchell Sunderland
reproductive rights

Hundreds of Extremists Plan to Descend on Kentucky's Last Abortion Clinic

The EMW Women's Surgical Center is bracing itself for a week-long protest that's bringing together anti-abortion zealots from across the US.
Gabby Bess
women's health

Trump Is the First President to Single Out a Health Care Provider in Budget

On the first page of his new budget proposal, Donald Trump has both named Planned Parenthood and called for its absolute defunding—among other cuts that disproportionally affect low income women.
Leila Ettachfini

Pregnant Women Are Being Arrested for Crimes They Didn't Know They Committed

In the United States, state-level legislation is being used to prosecute pregnant women who use drugs—violating their civil rights and making it impossible for them to get the help they need.
Kimberly Lawson