In many countries, women have historically served in combat when demographics demanded it. But the US move is based on equal opportunity for women – and could become a model for others.
Expectations are high that Obama will nominate a woman. Though female jurisprudence is not much different from that of male judges, women tend to be more pro-women's rights and to tilt more toward plaintiffs in sex-discrimination cases.
The administration will soon decide whether to reverse Bush's 'conscience rule.'
The justices rule that civil rights law protects a woman who was fired after answering questions in a harassment probe.
A Tennessee woman lost her job after she cooperated in a company investigation.
An Idaho school scrambles for funding, saying it helps more teen moms graduate.