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As Germany prepares to host Women20 (W20) next month, we exploring stories of gender gap progress and highlight the ongoing need to fight not only for equality, but all too often, basic human rights. From tentatives steps towards emancipation in some countries to efforts to break into male-dominated industries in others, we offer an insight into what it is to be a woman in the infant years of the 21st century.

"Women are always saying,'We can do anything that men can do' but men should be saying,'We can do anything that women can do.'"‬ —Gloria Steinem

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I believe that the rights of women and girls is the unfinished business of the 21st century. - Hillary Clinton

"How can we effect change in the world when only half of it is invited or feel welcome to participate in the conversation?" —Emma Watson

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"There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish." - Michelle Obama

"I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men; they are far superior and always have been." - William Golding

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