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In an effort to increase tourism, Saudi Arabia recently eased its strict dress code for foreign women, allowing them to go without the body-shrouding abaya robe still mandatory for Saudi women. FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images

Women in Arab countries find themselves torn between opportunity and tradition

In countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain, it's now official policy that women should go to college and work outside the home. But cultural pressure to marry and have kids remains strong.
Ojibwe women conduct a year-long ritual for their girls when they start menstruation. Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

How a Native American coming-of-age ritual is making a comeback

Historically, indigenous people celebrated a girl's transition to womanhood with a year-long ritual. Many such ritual practices were made 'illegal' by the US and Canadian governments.
Sonoma County, California hired this herd of sheep from Sweetgrass Grazing to reduce invasive plants and flammable fuels and make room for native plants on protected land. Sonoma Open Space

Young California ranchers are finding new ways to raise livestock and improve the land

A new generation of ranchers is exploring sustainable ways to raise cattle, sheep and goats in California. Some are grazing herds on fire-prone lands, reducing wildfire risks and improving soils.
Statuette of a female vulve called Baubo, terracotta, from Priene, Asia Minor, 4th century BC. Reddit

When did the vulva become obscene?

An ad alluding to the vulva is sparking controversy, but there are few objections to phallic symbols. What explains this difference in treatment?
Hari Ibu presents an opportunity to explicitly acknowledge the difficulties faced by janda and other women marginalised in their community. http://www.onlineakselerasi.com/2017/12/hari-ibu-gmni-palopo-suarakan-stop.html

Living in the shadows of the Indonesian mother: the stigma, shame and opportunities as a widow or divorcee

_Janda_ stereotypes pervade the lives of the Indonesian women who are marginalised in their community, forcing them to live precarious lives.
Amy McGrath speaks to supporters in Louisville, Kentucky. AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

The Democrats are running more female veterans for office than ever before – but can they win?

Voters tend to view female candidates as strong on issues like education and health care, but weak on national security. Female veterans might be able to overcome the stereotype.

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