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‘Let Them Dare’: Women Break Barriers in Male-Dominated Fields Around the World

March 8 is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate and recognize collective action toward gender parity.

Half of humanity is made up of women and girls, but there’s a long way to go until gender parity around the world — the UN’s goal by 2030 — is reached. How long, exactly?

At the current pace, it will take 300 years to stamp out child marriage, according to a 2023 report from the UN. Legal discrimination against women may take 286 years to abolish entirely. And achieving gender parity in workplace leadership roles? That’s estimated to take 140 years.

But there are many signs of progress. For example, the proportion of seats held by women in national parliaments has doubled from 13% in 1998 to 26% in 2022, according to the World Bank.

Global Press Journal’s all-women team of reporters didn’t have to look far to find women challenging patriarchal stereotypes. From firefighters to butchers, from mayors to carpenters, these women are making the world a better place for everyone — just by being themselves.

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