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Stories of women in the news who have done exceptional things or made headlines around the world.

My Girlfriend's Secret Life Pages: 2
    Jason P. Howe, a globe-trotting photographer, met his match in Marylin, a beautiful young woman with a shocking dark side.

Molly Sims Takes on the Fight Against Malaria (April 2010)
    A million people die each year from a bug bite. Molly Sims is on a campaign to squash malaria by the year 2015.

The Bad Godmother
    What happens when your best friend decides you're unfit to raise her kid?

How Do You Survive the World's Most Public Defeat? talks about Sarah Palin's handler, Nicolle Wallace.

The Preacher's Unholy Past
    Pastor Melissa Scott presides over a televangelist empire. Hard to believe that she was once a triple-X plaything. Gretchen Voss uncovers the true story behind Scott's divine reinvention for Marie Claire.

Celebs Come Out to Support Women Leaders Around the World
    Somaly Mam, Marceline Kongolo-Bice, Sadiqa Basiri Saleem, Chouchou Namegabe Nabintu, Temituokpe Esisi were all recognized by Vital Voices with Global Leadership Awards.

I Survived Prison: What Really Happens Behind Bars
    One day Jennifer Wilkov was a successful financial planner with a designer wardrobe and a cozy apartment on a tree-lined block. The next, she was an inmate in one of New York's most violent prisons.

Get Your Nice On
    Adam Phillips's latest book, On Kindness, cowritten with Barbara Taylor, makes the case for being nicer to our fellow man.

D.C. Is the New L.A.
    With all eyes on our slick, media-savvy administration, is Washington turning trendy? takes a look.

She Lives Off What We Throw Away
    They're called freegans -- eco-extremists who subsist on what we toss in the trash. Are they crazy -- or are we? takes a look.

A Better Way to Spend Your Lunch Break talks about USA for Africa.

Knocked Up in Iran
    Moaveni recounts the dangerous double life she led in a foreign but familiar land.

Taking the Wheel
    How women around the world are putting the pedal to the metal.

Petra's Happy Hearts
    The Happy Hearts Fund, founded by model Petra Nemcova, has raised $10 million to help children in countries hit by natural disaster.

Hard Labor
    Crossing the border between Burma and Thailand by way of inner tube.

Photos from the Inauguration
    Follow Jihan Thompson's Inauguration Day coverage on

Vigilantes in Pink
    Fed up with abusive husbands and corrupt officials, India's poorest women are banding together, taking up arms, and fighting back. Even more shocking than the pink saris they wear: Their quest for justice is actually working.

Taking (Second) Lives
    "Break my virtual heart, and I'll boil your virtual rabbit."

Are French Women Really Sexier Than American Women?
    French women versus American women - who is sexier? Marie Claire looks into the controversy.

Russia's Billionaire Heiress
    See photos of Katie Verber, daughter of Russian billionaire Alla Verber.

The Paris Hilton of Russia: Katia Verber
    Gold Bentleys, Balenciaga bags, VIP clubs with secret passwords. Welcome to the surreal life of heiress Katia Verber, one woman who's not feeling the economic woes.

Gender Selection Comes Stateside talks about a test that tells expectant mothers the sex of their babies early on in pregnancy.

Hearts and Minds

Dangerous Liaisons
    Wealthy American businessmen in Hong Kong are getting robbed, blackmailed, even killed - by girls who spike their drinks with the date-rape drug. Even worse, the ladies are getting away with it.

The Worst Places on Earth for Women
    there are still places where women are systematically repressed and tortured. What are some of the worst? Take a look.

The Year in Women
    A look back at the last 365 days in women - the good, the bad, and the decidedly iffy.

Saudi Arabia's WOMEN-ONLY Hotel
    The first women-only hotel in Saudi Arabia.

What's Your Stuff Worth?
    Selling your body parts - the going rate for all of your corporeal assets (not that we're recommending liquidation).

Abortion in the First World
    Roe v. Wade remains at the forefront of America's culture wars, but the politics of pregnancy are no less controversial abroad.

A Request for President Obama
    It's time to get rid of a policy that kills women around the world.

The Billionaire's Black Sheep
    What's it like when your grandpa is the richest man in the world? For Nicole Buffett, it means forgoing cable TV and health insurance and making do on $40,000 a year.

8 Reasons to Be Grateful
    A new take on the snooze button, hope for a female-orgasm pill, proof your friends are invaluable, and 5 other great reasons to smile.

Amanda Knox: Italian Murder Mystery Pages: 2
    Studying abroad should have been a grand adventure. Instead, Amanda Knox has spent a year in jail, accused by a corrupt legal system of murdering her roommate. Marie Claire tells the story.

Naughty Us
    Women these days have some very bad habits.

Girl Crush: Rachel Maddow
    We weren’t surprised when pundit Rachel Maddow, 35, got her own show.

Diplomats Behaving Badly
    The above-the-law status of "dignitaries" is being questioned.

Seeking Asylum
    A new book offers an unflinching look inside American psychiatric hospitals.

"Why I Went AWOL" Pages: 2
    On leave from an emotionally wrenching tour of duty in Iraq, Kimberly Rivera had to make a choice: Say good-bye to her kids and go back to the war zone - or become a fugitive. Here, she defends her decision to flee.

The Price of Protection
    There is a rise in panic-room sales and bulletproof shirts.

Lunch-Hour Activism
    Scratch your do-gooder itch and help fight human-rights violations

To Save Electricity, Pedal Faster!
    With 20 people working out for 24 hours, that's enough to power a four-bedroom house for a month.

Christy Goes to Washington
    Feeling the post-election blahs? Get over it! You can still make a difference by lobbying for a great cause.

The Warrior Lawyer

Fighting for Mothers
    In some parts of the world, getting pregnant is a death sentence. But Marie Claire's new contributing editor Christy Turlington Burns is out to change that.

14 Reasons to Be Happy

Sex and The City: Bad For Women?
    A discussion about whether this movie puts women ahead of the curve or two steps back.

Beauty and the Bandit Pages: 2
    Three years ago, Debra Ryan had a bustling career and a millionaire hedge-fund boyfriend, Sam Israel. But after he was convicted of fraud, she risked it all to help him flee. In this exclusive, Ryan opens up for the first time about the day her lover

Cougars in the Classrooms
    The Web has made it easy for sex-hungry teachers to hook up with their students; blame law enforcement for making it almost acceptable.

25 Things Not to Do on Halloween
    Hilarious tips for the holiday.

Porn in the U.S.A.
    Meet Lisa Ann, star of Hustler's forthcoming, sensation-causing triple-X movie Who's Nailin' Paylin, and dead-ringer for the vice presidential nominee

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