Since the fall of Saddam Hussein, Iraq has seen a proliferation of female journalists and radio programs focused on women's issues. Three female talk show hosts visited New York to hone their skills with U.S. talk radio pros.
Maha al Douri took a radical stance when she decided to run for a seat in the Iraqi Parliament in December. The 36-year-old candidate on a minor Shiite Muslim slate put her face on campaign posters - and succeeded in raising eyebrows around the country.
The first results from the election show the country is dividing between Shia, Sunni & Kurdish regions. Religious fundamentalists now have the upper hand. Islamic fundamentalist movements are more powerful in both the Sunni & Shia communities.