About 47% of all women participate in the world of work.
They take up careers as teachers, coaches, farmers, priests, soldiers, and beyond. These 42 stunning portraits from Reuters show women at work around the world.
Shinto priest Tomoe Ichino, 40, performs rituals of the indigenous faith of the Japanese people in Tokyo, Japan. She wears a pink robe because it makes her feel confident.
"In general, people think being a Shinto priest is a man's profession. If you're a woman, they think you're a shrine maiden, or a supplementary priestess," Ichino said. "People don't know women Shinto priests exist, so they think we can't perform rituals. Once, after I finished performing jiichinsai (a ground-breaking rtitual), I was asked, 'So, when is the priest coming?'"
Cristina Alvarez, 29, says she doesn't face inequality as a butcher in Mexi...