Can Hillary Clinton win the women's vote?
With less than six months to go until the 2008 US presidential race formally begins, Hillary Clinton is leading the polls as the likely Democrat candidate.

But she is fighting off a young charismatic challenger, Barack Obama, and also battling some feminists who see her as too moderate.

The question is, can she win the women's vote against her rivals? And can she shake off the negative image she has among conservative Americans for being the wife of former US president Bill Clinton?

Shiulie Ghosh is joined by Marie Wilson, the president and founder of the White House Project.

Shappi Khorsandi

Shappi Khorsandi making a welcome return to
the EdinBurgh Festival
The Edinburgh Festival is the world's largest arts festival, and this week it gets going in earnest. It attracts comedians, musicians, and performers from around the world.

One woman making a welcome return this year is Shappi Khorsandi, an Iranian stand-up comedian.

Shappi's father was a popular satirist and poet in Iran, who risked his life by openly criticising the Ayatollah. He was eventually declared an enemy of Islam and forced to flee the country.

He and his family settled in England, where Shappi's early experiences inspired her brand of comedy.

Everywoman caught up with her show, called Asylum Speaker

Women married to foreign nationals

Lina Abou Habib
Nationality is something most of us rarely think about. But for many women, marrying someone of a different nationality can lead to huge problems.

In most countries in the Middle East and North Africa, woman married to foreign nationals are not permitted to pass their nationality on to their husbands or more importantly, to their children. 

So a man living in his wife's country may not be entitled to employment or health services. And their children may not even be able to go to school.

But there is change in the air. Earlier this year Morocco became the latest country to change the law – following in the footsteps of Egypt and Algeria.

Women in all three countries are now legally able to pass their nationality on to their children.

So are the new laws actually making a difference?

Shiulie Ghosh is joined by Lina Abou Habib, the director of the Collective for Research and Training on Development Action. 

Poppadom Power

Lijjat Papad employs 42,000 women across
India
Jashwantiben Popat is an 80-year-old grandmother. She is also a pretty amazing woman.

With just $3 in her pocket, she founded Lijjat Papad, a co-operative selling poppadoms, the crispy Indian bread eaten with curry.

Now it is a global brand name, and employs 42,000 women across India. But the original aim of the organisation remains empowering women to work for themselves.



We are highlighting the issue of breast cancer. Over the next few months Al Jazeera Executive Producer Rebecca Lipkin will be sharing her experiences with us in a series of video diaries.

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