Keeping Score: Record Number of LGBTQ Athletes Compete in Tokyo; Police Arrest Congressional Black Caucus Chair; Louisiana Eliminates ‘Pink Tax’

This week: Olympic athletes push for gender equality and inclusivity; Biden condemns state lawmakers’ attack on voting rights; ICE prohibits arrest of pregnant women, and federal judge rules DACA is unlawful; Rep. Joyce Beatty is arrested during demonstration; Zaila Avant-garde is first African American winner of the National Spelling Bee; and more.

Friends of Afghanistan Urge NATO and EU to Continue Support for Afghanistan

In a sign-on letter by prominent leaders and individuals worldwide, friends and supporters of Afghanistan urge NATO and the European Union to continue their support of Afghanistan.

The endorsors remind NATO and the European Union that the world has a “responsibility” to Afghanistan and that it “must come together in their support to the Afghan National Security Forces who are fighting to protect Afghan lives from terrorists as well as work towards our shared security interests.”

Want to Make Your Country Happier? Elect Women.

The top-ranked countries of the World Happiness Report share a high level of public investment in human infrastructure. These countries are not socialist—they simply have more women in leadership positions.

The success stories of the 2021 World Happiness Report assure us that a shift towards caring policies and public welfare is not draining on the economy but rather the opposite.

Why the Senate Is Still Old, White, Wealthy and Male—and How to Fix It: Weekend Reading on Women’s Representation

Weekend Reading for Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation.

This week: strategies to address the representation crisis in the U.S. Senate; the history of women governors; only one state gets an “A” for women’s representation; 77% of Biden’s judicial nominees are women; the status of races for city council in New York City; the 173rd anniversary of the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention; suggested reading; and more.

Is the U.S. Saying “No Thanks” to the World’s Best and Brightest?

Due to the dual negative impact of regressive policies as well as COVID-19, the U.S. is currently on track to see the lowest enrollment of new international students since World War II, with much of this lost talent being diverted to the U.K., Canada and Australia.

Yet it is exactly times like these, with growing nationalism and xenophobia, that underscore why America needs to keep its minds and doors open, where American students also learn from their international classmates.

Billions Pledged to Accelerate Gender Equity at Generation Equality Forum

The Generation Equality Forum—held in Paris from June 30–July 2, 2021 and livestreamed to participants around the world—was a monumental event that set a new and unprecedented level of funding to prioritize and implement gender equality programs and commitments.

A quarter century after the U.N. Women’s Conference, at which 189 countries pledged to adopt the ambitious Beijing “Platform for Action” to achieve gender equity, once again political leaders, feminist movement leaders, corporate executives and activists gathered to address the disproportionate impact the pandemic has had on women and girls, and to commit to action that will accelerate global progress over the next five years, by 2026.

Ms. Global: India Opens School for Trans People; Turkey Withdraws From Gender Violence Treaty; Ecuadorian Women Harmed by Abortion Laws

The U.S. ranks as the 19th most dangerous country for women, 11th in maternal mortality, 30th in closing the gender pay gap, 75th in women’s political representation, and painfully lacks paid family leave and equal access to health care. But Ms. has always understood: Feminist movements around the world hold answers to some of the U.S.’s most intractable problems. Ms. Global is taking note of feminists worldwide.