- Seventy-five years after its creation, a statue of suffragists Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton will at long last join the all-male statuary of the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, thanks to a late-September House vote. According to the National Park Service, only 5 percent of the nation's historic landmarks are dedicated to women.
- The world's highest court, the International Court of Justice in The Hague, ruled this summer that the threat or use of nuclear weapons-which the court's president called the "ultimate evil"-was "contrary to the rules of international law." The court remained undecided about a right to use nuclear weapons in "extreme circumstance of self-defense."
- Though disregarded by the mainstream media, Winona LaDuke, campaign director for the White Earth Land Recovery Project and a contributor to Sojourners, ran for U.S. vice president on the Green Party ticket with consumer advocate Ralph Nader. LaDuke stated that the "'political duopoly' of Democrats and Republicans should be challenged by principles and by common people called to consider our collective future."
Sandy Maben contributed research to this report.