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On this page, we explore 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 early years of the 21st century.

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

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

"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

"A woman is like a tea bag: You never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt