What the U.S. Can Learn from Mexico on Women’s Issues

In adopting a feminist foreign policy, Mexico joins conversations on gender equality that are usually monopolized by wealthy nations in Scandinavia and Western Europe. Yet Mexico’s track record of promoting women in politics domestically means it belongs in that rarefied club—and puts to shame the so-called advanced democracies that have fallen behind.

The Ms. Q&A: Valerie Hudson on Placing Women’s Rights at the Core of Foreign Policy

“Human history has been driven by the male drive for physical security.”

Ms. had the chance to speak with Valerie Hudson, director of the Program on Women, Peace and Security at Texas A&M University. In the new book The First Political Order, which she coauthored, Hudson makes a compelling argument for placing women’s rights and representation at the core of foreign policy and national security—because what happens to half the population is obviously going to affect the health, the wealth and the security of a nation.

No Peace Without Afghan Women’s Voices

Notably absent from recent headlines about the potential withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan is talk of the dangerous consequences such a decision could have for women and girls in the region—and the lack of women’s representation in the ongoing “peace talks” between the Trump administration and leaders of the Taliban.

What Four Decades of Women Working in Nuclear Policy Found in the Field

Only 12 percent of the people who held leadership positions in the field of nuclear security from the 1970s to 2019, including in an acting capacity, were women. (Only 2 percent of that 12 percent were women of color.) Their stories deserve to be told. That’s why Heather Hurlburt, Elizabeth Weingarten and Alexandra Stark and I set out to create the first oral history of how these pioneers impacted policy and the obstacles they faced to make it happen.