Six states adopted gender-neutral language in their constitutions; eight others are considering the change. Advocates say gender-neutral language is a subtle but important way to promote equality; critics call it empty, feel-good, demeaning to women.
A civilian committee advising the Defense Department on women in the military may become a target for political attacks. Meanwhile women are flying missions over Afghanistan even as the military bars them from direct ground combat.
Eighty-one years after women won the right to vote, they are taking stock of their progress, their position in the pipeline and their possibilities in the U.S. political system. Women in other powerful positions may be the key.