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These Images From Around The World Will Show You What “Women’s Work” Really Looks Like

There was a time when the term women’s work brought up only stereotypical images of women in the home cooking, cleaning, taking care of the children. Being a mother, cook, house keeper, or all of the above are amazing and important jobs, however they should never be considered the only work suited for women. We need to redefine what we think of when we say “women’s work”.

According to  the World Bank women make up 40 percent of the world’s labor force, but hold just 1 percent of the world’s wealth.

Here are 39 stunning images to help you redefine the term 🙂

  • Arranging bricks at a brick factory- Pakistan (Muhammed Muheisen/AP)
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    Dancer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Andre Penner/AP)
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    Nepalese women shelter under umbrellas as they work to remove weed from a paddy field in Chitwan, Nepal. (/APGemunu Amarasinghe/AP)
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    Textile factory worker, North Korea. (Wong Maye-E/AP)
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    Boxers practice at the Kabul stadium boxing club.- Afganistan (Massoud Hossaini/AP)
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    A brick factory worker in India. (Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Gold miners in La Rinconada, Peru. (Jan Sochor/Latincontent/Getty Images)
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  • A woman working on her wooden weaving loom in the countryside of Bhutan. (Andrew Eio/Getty Images)
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    Farm worker checking the maturity of chicory in Germany. (PATRICK PLEUL/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Students in the nutrition technology department working on acid base volumetric analysis at the Beuth technical college in Berlin, Germany. (Thomas Koehler/Photothek via Getty Images)
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    A female engineer hand-builds a M157 5.5L V8 bi-turbo engine at the Mercedes-AMG engine production factory in Affalterbach, Germany. (Tim Graham/Getty Images)
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    An Akha Hilltribe woman picks Oolong tea leaves at the Suwirun Tea farm in the hills outside of Chaing Rai, Thailand. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
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    Portrait of American artist and illustrator Tara McPherson in her studio in New York. (Joby Sessions/Computer Arts Magazine/Getty Images)
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    A Cuban woman works in the H. Upmann cigar factory in Havana, Cuba. (Sven Creutzmann/Mambo Photo/Getty Images)
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    Liu Shujian, a 90-year-old lady, continues her electro welding work at Wanshousi Street in Shenyang, Liaoning province of China. (ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
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    A woman works at a plant of porcelain manufacturing society JL Coquet in Saint-Leonard-de-Noblat near Limoges, France. (MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Batik craftswomen apply melted wax to fine cotton textiles to produce characteristic figurative designs at a workshop in Solo city in Central Java, Indonesia. (ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Indian actress Vemi Rephung from Nagaland (C) takes a break during the shooting of a song sequence on the sets of the forthcoming Bollywood movie – “Go Goa Gone” at Filmcity in Mumbai. (INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Women working in a ginger and spice factory, selecting ginger roots in Cochin, Kerala, India. (EyesWideOpen/Getty Images)
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    A woman distributes salt in Baie des Moustiques, Port de Paix in Haiti. (HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Palestinian woman Amal Abu-Rqayiq works at her small carpentry work-shop in the Nusseirat refugee camp in the Gaza City, Gaza. Amal is a 40-year-old divorcee and working in a male-dominated profession to help raise a daughter with special needs. (Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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    A young African woman at work in the fields, watering crops near Bangui, Central African Republic. (Thomas Koehler/Photothek/Getty Images)
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    Workers handle rubber sheets as they pass through a rubber sheet washing machine at the Thai Hua Rubber Pcl factory in Samnuktong, Rayong province, Thailand. (Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg/Getty Images)
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    An employee of the Lemaitre Demeestere company works with a linen loom in northern France. (PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)
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    An employee stands in front of bottles at a winery in Tbilisi. (VANO SHLAMOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Women taking part in a cash for work program run by the French non-governmental organization Action Against Hunger to build dikes to hold water pose near the village of Palboa, in Burkina Faso. (RAPHAEL DE BENGY/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Day laborers carry bananas during a harvest in a field in the district of Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh, India. (Sanjit Das/Bloomberg/Getty Images)
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    Cristina Isidro Salazar (left) and Felicitas Contreras Santiago repair their truck so they can deliver wood to construction sites around town in  San Pablo Huixtepec, Mexico. (Dana Romanoff/Getty Images)
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    An Indian woman works collecting salt in the salt pans near Dhrangadhra, Gujarat. (Malcolm Chapman/Getty Images)
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    Mahboubeh Khoshsolat, one of the only women’s fire and rescue units in the Middle East, slides down the fire pole at Fire Station No. 9 in Karaj, Iran. (Scott Peterson/Getty Images)
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    Women pose on a shea butter production line for the French cosmetics company L’Occitane in Leo, south-central Burkina Faso. (LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Women working on a carpet in a tiny factory in Kostandovo, a small village in Bulgaria’s southern Rhodope mountains. (DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
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    A Pakistani woman potter gives the final touches to earthen pots at a workshop on the outskirts of Lahore. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
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    This picture shows a woman working on a wind turbine at a plant of Gamesa in the Northern Spanish village of Aoiz, Navarra province. (RAFA RIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
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    An Iraqi woman works to collect salt from a water course near Latifiyah, Iraq (Alaa al-Marjani/AP)
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    Bedouin shop owner, Farawna Nasra Abu Adjin, 50, fashions a pillow by hand in her workshop started with a micro-finance loan from the Sawa Group, in the southern Israeli Bedouin city of Rahat
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    DIMITAR DILKOFF via Getty Images
    This picture shows women working on a carpet in a tiny factory in Kostandovo, a small village in Bulgaria’s southern Rhodope mountains. (DIMITAR DILKOFF via Getty Images)
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    Sayed Khodaberdi Sadat/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
    First woman taxi driver of Afghanistan Sara Bahai works for the women who aren’t allowed to use taxis without their first degree men relatives. Balkh, Afghanistan. (Photo by Sayed Khodaberdi Sadat/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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