VIDEO: What drives Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates.

“I couldn’t in good conscience send Department of Justice lawyers in to defend the Executive Order that I did not believe was grounded in truth.” – Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates

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A 20-year-old at West Point has become the first black woman to reach the academy’s top cadet position.

A 20-year-old at West Point has become the first black woman to reach the academy’s top cadet position

Simone Askew is making history as the first black woman to lead the Long Grey Line at the U.S. Military Academy.

The 20-year-old international history major from Fairfax, Va., assumed duties Monday as first captain of the 4,400-member Corps of Cadets. That’s the highest position in the cadet chain of command at West Point. Read more at

A 20-year-old at West Point has become the first black woman to reach the academy’s top cadet position

All-female police unit: challenging the male-dominated force in conservative India.

Members of a newly launched female police patrol unit drive through the old market in Jaipur.─AFP

All-female police units are shaking up the male-dominated force in conservative north-west India, hitting the streets to combat sex crimes and a pervasive culture of silence around rape.

One such squad in Jaipur has been patrolling bus stops, colleges and parks where women are vulnerable to sexual harassment.

Women can face a barrage on India’s streets, enduring everything from lewd jokes and strangers following them ─ often dismissed as innocent “Eve teasing” ─ to physical attacks and rape.

Women’s police stations are not new, but they have become more numerous in India in the past few years:


VIDEO: Meet the all-women anti poaching squad.

This all-female group of rangers are South Africa’s secret weapon in the fight against rhino poaching.

This is an Unreported World classic from 2015.

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Over 100 Years Later, Photographer Alice Austen Is Finally Being Recognized as an LGBTQ Icon

Alice Austen, The Darned Club, 1891. Alice Austen Photograph Collection. Courtesy of the Staten Island Historical Society.

By all accounts, photographer Alice Austen was an extraordinary woman. Born into an affluent family on Staten Island in 1866, she challenged oppressive Victorian conventions by embracing individuality and independence.

Austen roamed around turn-of-the-century New York with camera in hand, capturing street vendors and immigrants. She worked from moving trains and sporting events, creating early action shots, and obsessively recorded the activities of friends and family, as well as her own life. Unafraid to climb a fence post (and risk exposing her ankles) to get the perfect shot, Austen produced roughly 8,000 photographs in her lifetime. In doing so, she helped to pioneer documentary photography.


Award-winning cancer scientist credits refugee story for her success.

Dr Tien Huynh and Dao Nguyen

Dr Tien Huynh, left, with her mentee Dao Nguyen.

Tien Huynh

The sisters in Indonesia in 1982 en route to Australia.

The journey from a childhood under house arrest in Vietnam, to award-winning scientist in Australia. Dr Tien Huynh tells her story.

A tumultuous journey to Australia, a positive attitude and a relentless work ethic have combined to land Melbourne researcher and lecturer Dr Tien Huynh a coveted national STEM award.

Each week scientist Dr Tien Huynh spends several hours in a greenhouse in Melbourne’s north tending the Asian plant known as ‘Red Gak’.

Dr Huynh is contributing to research into the plant’s potential to help treat several varieties of cancer.

“Carcinoma, Melanoma and a few other breast cancer – we’ve had other students work on it, very effective. We’re talking about 80 to 98 percent killing of them but it leaves normal cells alive,” Dr Huynh said.

After spending part of her early childhood under house arrest in Vietnam, Tien, her sister and mother made the perilous journey to Australia.

The trio squeezed into a single seat in a four-metre vessel bound first for Indonesia then Australia where they re-united with their father.

He was exiled from their homeland as a result of his role as a high ranking officer in the South Vietnamese Army.

But young Tien was most inspired by her mother’s strength and tenacity in making the voyage to their new homeland.

“She wanted us to have a future and freedom, and she just decided she was going to sacrifice everything – it was all-or-nothing to go on this journey to Australia and I think it’s quite remarkable,” she said.

It helped engender a can-do attitude and sense of optimism in Tien – at the time the only Asian female in her university science class.

“It was daunting, but it was a challenge – it was exciting like you were the first one there and the first one to make those changes with your perspective, and I think that was a strength as well.

“I focus a lot of my research on Asian medicinal plants, and to me I see that as an opportunity that I’ve got because of my background and difference in culture,” Dr Huynh said.

But it was another high-achieving woman – renowned scientist Adjunct Professor Ann Lawrie who inspired the young Tien Huynh.

“Like a mother figure – and that role-model was really important because she led by example and you see that she’s successful and you see that she can achieve great things just being in her presence was a privilege enough.

She passed her knowledge to me so generously giving me that inspiration and the passion if I can do that to my own students then I think it’s a great homage to her, she said.

Dr Tien Huynh is now mentoring Dao Nguyen – a masters graduate from a Vietnamese University – the pair is collaborating on the ‘Red Gak’ research project.

According to Dao, Tien is proving to be every bit the leader.

“She’s a great lecturer and she has a big ambition how to inspire other women how to do to inspire woman that they can do anything that they love to do,” Dao Nguyen said.

Her role as a leader in her field and developing conservation programs to protect the potentially life-saving ‘Red Gak’ plant in Vietnam landed Dr Huynh a coveted national ‘STEM’ award for her work as a role model for young women in the field of science – which will be formally presented at a ceremony next month.

Dr Tien Huynh

October 1970: Dr Tien Huynh’s father during the Vietnam War was the leading lieutenant for the navy (left) and his platoon (right).