Oh, I so love this claim. Just Google “Mavis Leno” or “Ms. Foundation” and “Afghanistan,” hm? Both were working for Afghan women years and years before any of the wingnuts discovered the value of using Afghan women to shame American feminists by pretending they had discovered Afghan women first.
Can I just say? I remember reading about the Ms. Foundation’s work in Afghanistan against the Taliban when I was in law school, over 10 years ago. And having an argument with my Pakistani-born co-worker about whether the Taliban was a cultural expression that should be protected from outside scrutiny in 1998 (he eventually came around, given that his mother had been an M.D. trained in London who would have been able to practice in Lahore had the family not fled a coup, but who wouldn’t have been allowed to work under the Taliban (and her patients would have died since male physicians were prohibited from touching unrelated women)).
Hey, here’s a thought, conservatives: start worrying about violence against women in your own backyard before you start trying to catch feminists out on issues they’re way ahead of you on.