Diversifying the City Council in New York

New Yorkers citywide used ranked choice voting for the first time in the June primaries.  Ranking the top five candidates instead of just one has been credited with helping get more women and minorities elected to public office.

NHL prospect comes out as gay

Luke Prokop, a 19-year-old Canadian who was a second-round pick in the 2020 draft last fall, posted a message to Twitter on Monday.

1st female sailor completes Navy special warfare training

For the first time, a female sailor has successfully completed the grueling 37-week training course to become a Naval Special Warfare combatant-craft crewman. Those are the boat operators that transport Navy SEALs and conduct their own missions at sea.

July 4, Juneteenth and the meaning of national holidays

We set our calendars around national holidays — from December 25 for Christmas to July 4 for Independence Day, and, starting this year, June 19 for Juneteenth. But national holidays, even for the country's founding, didn't start until the United States was nearly 100 years old.

France legalizes IVF for lesbians and single women

France has approved a law that will allow single women and lesbians access to medically assisted reproduction for the first time. The National Assembly adopted the wide-ranging bioethics law in a 326–115 vote.