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India Just Made a Bill That Gives Women 26 Weeks of Paid Maternity Leave

India just created a new extended policy giving women 26 weeks of paid maternity leave. Hoping to fix the problem that only 27 percent of women work — costing India 2.5 percentage points of gross domestic product per year — India's new policy works to allow more women to work. Read More »

This School in India Was Created for Grandmothers

In Maharashtra, India, there's a classroom of almost thirty students — all of whom are grandmothers. The school named Aajibaichi Shaala (meaning the "school for grandmothers") was created to give women over 60 more independence by combating the country's growing literacy problem. Read More »

This Village in India Plants 111 Trees Each Time a Girl Is Born — And That's Not All

Piplantri in Rajasthan, India, plants 111 trees each time a girl is born in her honor. The tradition was born a few years ago when the former village 'sarpanch' (head), Shyam Sundar Paliwal's, daughter, Kiran, passed away. Read More »

This Entrepreneur Is Using Indian Craft to Create Beautiful Sari-Silk Carpets

After graduating in 2011 from the Rhode Island School of Design, Ishrat Sahgal had no plans to go about interior design in any ordinary fashion. Read More »

For the First Time, A School for Transgender Students Opens in India

History was made in India's transgender community as the first school for specifically trans students recently opened in the city of Kochi. Read More »

This Delivery Company in India Is Hiring Only Female Drivers

After hearing of a woman being raped on a moving bus in Delhi, India, Yogesh Kumar "quit his job with a German engineering firm and enrolled in a graduate program in social Read More »

This Woman Just Got the Top Score On India's Toughest Exam

This 22-year-old political science graduate just received the top score on India's exhausting civil services exam. Nearly 99 percent of the people who take the exam to earn prestigious careers in government, fail. Many reportedly take the exam repeatedly for years and never pass. Read More »

These Indian Female Motorcycle Gangs are Giving Us Squad Goals

These Indian women motorcycle gangs are giving us all squad goals. Read More »

India Mandates All Cell Phones Have "Panic Button" for Women

The occurrence of rape in India is pervasive. Read More »

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