They are rebels, artists, educators, filmmakers, activists and pariahs who spark change, controversy and even outrage. Some are working on a large stage, while others make a mark with smaller acts of defiance.
California lawmakers called today for an investigation of the physicians involved in the sterilization of women inmates and raised questions about a federal prison overseer’s role in handling the matter. Former inmates say doctors pressured women into getting sterilized and targeted those deemed likely to commit future crimes.
Doctors with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sterilized nearly 150 female inmates from 2006 to 2010 without required state approvals. Critics say officials targeted women deemed likely to return to prison.
Lawlessness and sectarian violence quickly engulfed Iraq after the fall of Saddam, leaving women especially vulnerable. Correspondent Anna Badkhen and photojournalist Mimi Chakarova visited a secret women's shelter in Baghdad to meet with rape victims and war widows and document their stories.
Associate reporter Rebecca Perl reveals that insurance companies have long denied health, life and mortgage insurance to women who are victims of domestic abuse, claiming it would provide incentive for batterers. Perl explores new legislation that is proposing to change this policy.
Recent government reports reveal that murder is the leading cause of on-the-job death among women. Reporter Sarah Henry reports that many women work in places that leave them vulnerable to attacks and armed robbery attempts.