We live in a world where women are still underrepresented in electoral politics, which means we have to fight twice as hard for our voices to be heard.
According to U.N. Women, just 22 percent of parliamentarians around the world are women. As of this past August, 21 women served as the Head of State or Head of Government of their respective countries, and as of January 2015, just 17 percent of government ministers were women.
However, when it comes to grassroots political movements, women are there, making sure they are seen and heard. From American women gathering in Washington, DC to protest police brutality to Pakistani women flooding the streets to speak out against oppressive security crackdowns, these women are a force to be reckoned with.
In honor of International Women's Day on March 8th, we've rounded up gorgeous, emotional and powerful photos of women organizing and protesting all over the world from the last 25 years. Below are 60 images that show just how formidable a woman with convictions can be:
Correction: This entry initially incorrectly identified Minsk as a city in Russia. It is in fact the capital of Belarus.