Newsweek March 29, 2013

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will clinton’s agenda survive?

‘LET IT be that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, once and for all.” With those 19 words in 1995, then–first lady Hillary Clinton launched a global women’s movement and institutionalized what nearly two decades later is known as the Hillary Effect, essentially the pebblein-a-pond metaphor. Ripples. In retrospect, her statement before the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women was perfectly obvious, but it was also revolutionary. Among other reasons, Hillary dared to trespass beyond the perimeter of her defined role as first lady and speak about the unspeakable, even challenging the Chinese about their one-child policy and forced abortion. But sometimes even the obvious needs articulation—and great movements sometimes are formulated in the simplest of terms: all men are created equal. The Founding Fathers surely meant women,…

the girl who fired an outcry in india

MAHAVIR ENCLAVE is a bustling workingclass colony at the hard extremities of New Delhi. Houses snake up here in haphazard bursts whenever their inhabitants can afford to elbow a little more space for themselves in the world. For an outsider, these seem less homes, more just slivers of precarious brick slapped together. But for those who live there, it’s psychological solidity: a toehold, finally, on life. Here in Mahavir Enclave, in a tiny mole hole of a room a few feet below ground, in a warren of other similar rooms, two brothers, 20 and 16, struggle to hold on to a dream. The elder is studying to be an engineer; the younger wanted to be an astronaut. But their frontrunner, the lively, quick-brained sister who birthed these ambitions— who made them…

the unstoppable ballerina

IN THE middle of a conversation in the New York City apartment she shares with her parents and four sisters, ballet dancer Michaela DePrince suddenly stands up and extends her left leg out to the side and then the right. “Excuse me,” she says in the middle of doing this, “but I have to crack my hips.” Sure enough, one audible pop follows another. “I’m sorry,” she says, sitting back down. “I have to do that or I can’t, like, walk. I’m always hearing from older dancers that dance completely ruins their bodies. The things we do, it’s disgusting. If you could see my feet, they’re so gross.” It’s a visceral reminder that ballet dancers, like athletes, not only think with their bodies but contend against their bodies in ways…

throw out that list!

THINK FOR a moment of the most successful woman you know. She might be a friend, or a colleague, or someone you’ve idolized from afar. Think big, of someone you truly admire and respect. Now take this Wonder Woman, the most successful female you know, and run her through a quick perfection counter, the kind of checklist we regularly assign to women we encounter. Is your most successful woman in a perfect relationship with the partner of her dreams? Does she have perfect children, born at carefully arranged intervals and each now ensconced in an Ivy League university? Is she at the top of her career? Is she earning serious money and investing it well? Has this woman saved the world yet, or at least made a significant contribution to ending…

‘i think i’ll just finish my chips’

NANCY HATCH Dupree is sitting in the Gandamak Lodge, the foreign correspondents’ hangout in Kabul. Most of the other diners, and almost all those propping up the bar, are gym-buffed young men with shaved heads in their 20s and 30s: a scrum of adrenalin-surfing hacks and cameramen who grew up watching movies like Salvador and The Year of Living Dangerously and who now fill the barroom with their tales of derring-do in Helmand and close calls in Lashkar Gah. None of them, however, have half as good a seam of stories as this tiny, birdlike 86-year-old woman, picking at her burger at the corner table. Over the course of dinner, Nancy tells a series of tales that would rival a Hollywood movie : of her passionate affair in 1960s Kabul with…

125 women of impact

OUR WOMEN of impact hail from all over the globe: from Malawi to Egypt, Burma to Afghanistan, India to the United States. Some of their names have been splashed across headlines; others have toiled unheralded. They’ve balanced remarkable careers with a passion for freedom. Many of their stories are harrowing—all are inspiring. From CEOs charging headfirst into innovation to activists rallying against human-rights abuses, these women will influence countless generations. Their accomplishments are sometimes Herculean displays of physical endurance, like the saga of Claire Lomas, who overcame paralysis to complete a marathon. Others are boundary breakers, like Ellinah Wamukoya, Africa’s first female bishop, or the U.S. female combat veterans who sued to win the right to fight on the front lines. Each of their successes proves that the action of a…