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Women's work: Meet the female pioneers thriving in once-male domains

To mark International Women's Day, photographers around the world captured women breaking down barriers of gender bias.

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Maria Jose Martienz Ortiz, 43, poses in a fire station facilities in Valencia, Spain, on Feb. 28.

In the ring, battling flames or soaring high above the earth, women have redefined "women's work." AFP photographers honored this progress on International Women's Day (March 8) by documenting women working in professional roles more traditionally held by men. 

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Prison guard

Nicol Gomez, 37, stands in front of prisoners practicing yoga in San Salvador, El Salvador, on March 4.

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First responder

Samra Akram Zia sits on her motorcycle ambulance in Lahore, Pakistan, on Feb. 24.

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Heather Marold Thomason, founder of Primal Supply Meats, poses in her company's dry-aging room on March 2 in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania.

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Auto-rickshaw driver

Tabasumm, 30, poses with her vehicle in Allahabad, India, on Feb. 22.

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Asmaa Megahed, 31, at her workshop in downtown Cairo on Feb. 26.

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Huda Salem, 20, a member of the Iraqi national weightlifting team, trains at a gym in Baghdad on Feb. 22.

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Wendy Lawrence, 58, a retired U.S. Navy captain and former NASA astronaut, stands in front of the Space Shuttle trainer that was used for astronaut training at the Museum of Flight in Seattle on Feb. 28.

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Houssa Nientao, 64, in Bamako, Mali, on Feb. 20.

Nientao is one of the few female marabouts, a Muslim teacher or holy person, in Bamako.

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Arazo Qadri, a 27-year-old member of the Peshmerga, stands guard at a camp in Irbil, the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq, on Feb. 2.

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Ana Sousa, 45, a TAP Air Portugal pilot for 11 years, poses at a TAP hangar in Lisbon on Feb. 28

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Prison guard

Nomatter Mashaire, 32, stands in a corridor at the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services headquarters on Feb. 22 in Harare. Mashaire is the first Albino female prison guard.

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Mule driver

Locomotive operator Glaciela Shreeves, 53, poses in front of a "mule" at the Panama Canal's Pedro Miguel Locks, where she works towing ships through the locks, on Feb. 22. 

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Soccer coach

Marwa Mauled Abdi, 24, poses on a soccer field built exclusively for women in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, northwestern Somalia, on March 1.

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Cattle herder

Mary Amer, 22, poses with her child in a camp in Mingkaman, South Sudan, on March 3.

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Anny Divya, 31, who became the youngest woman in the world to captain the Boeing 777, stands in front of portraits of air marshals at the Indian Air Force Museum in New Delhi on Feb. 24.

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Sarah Achieng, a 31-year-old professional boxer and sports administrator, after her training session in Nairobi, Kenya, on Feb. 27.

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Soccer club president

Amaia Gorostiza, 51, president of the SD Eibar football club, poses in the locker room at the Ipurua stadium in Eibar, Spain, on Feb. 27

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Lea Vincens, 33, at the Aracena bullring, in Huelva, southern Spain, on Feb. 25. Vincens is a rejoneadora, a mounted bullfighter who uses a lance.

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Master tailor

Kathryn Sargent in her shop on London's Savile Row on Feb. 23.

Sargent is the first woman to open her own store on Savile Row. 

Photos: Women stand together for International Women's Day

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