If you were to just plug the words “Strong Woman” into Google Images, you’d see a lot of pretty quotes, a little Oprah, a dash of Tina Fey, and Rosie the Riveter from the “We Can Do It!” war poster. Isn’t there more to being strong than some quotes and a red kerchief? There’s no pretty little box to fit a woman’s strength into; it’s as diverse and beautiful and dynamic as each woman on earth. Here’s just a slice of our strength — in all its different forms — from around the world.

1

Climb

She scales the side of Mission Gorge like it's nothing at all. San Diego, USA.
Photo: Jackson Hendry

2

Bend

A dancer literally bends over backward on a streetcar in Lima, Peru.
Photo: Joel Valve

3

Glide

If you think ice skaters are dainty, think again. It requires insane leg and core strength to propel yourself into the air - not to mention that you need to make it look like a walk in the park. Doesn't that just sum up "womanhood' for a lot of people: do something seemingly impossible, and make it look easy while you're at it. Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis, USA.
Photo: Bruce Christianson

4

Rise

A hiker arrives at a coveted viewpoint and stakes her claim. Trolltunga, Norway.
Photo: Julia Caesar

5

Run

If we're gonna talk sheer, physical strength - look at those thighs.
Photo: Matt Lee

6

Dance

A woman dances Kathak - a complex, intricate, difficult Indian dance style from northern India, meant to tell epic stories and ancient myths. Stanford University, USA.
Photo: Saksham Gangwar

7

Shout

Four young girls raise their voices. Los Angeles, USA.
Photo: Nicole Adams

8

Marry

A bride climbs her way to a precipice where her partner waits to marry her. Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, USA. Photo: Dylan Siebel

9

Pray

Some think prayer is weak. I beg to differ. Sometimes having hope takes every ounce of strength we have left. Vietnam.
Photo: Kevin Bluer

10

Pretend

Supergirl, Ren, Wonder Woman, the women of Wakanda in “Black Panther”: new and powerful role models abound, and little girls are listening.
Photo: Paula Wallis

11

Grow 1

These women grow tomatoes in harsh conditions near the Dead Sea, in Jordan. And yet, they manage to produce a bounty anyway.
Photo by author

12

Grow 2

Women can grow life within them, and many of us do so in harsh conditions. Brazil.
Photo: Leandro Cesar Santana

13

Learn

Going to school is not an easy task for a lot of children, but girls have it harder than boys with cultural expectations of marriage, home-upkeep, chores, and menstrual cycles keeping them at home. So when you see a girl go to school, she is strong. She is fighting the odds every day.
Photo by author

14

Lift

Women bear many loads, some physically and others not. A woman bears her load all the way to the market in Pushkar, India.
Photo by author

15

Leap

Leaps of faith, leaps of love, leaps of life. Women take leaps every single day, everywhere around the world, believing they will land - one way or another - on the other side. Hawaii.
Photo: Brannon Naito

16

Slay

A Masai woman walks confidently off into the bush. She will slay branches for her fire. Under the heat, she must walk a little farther every day to get more wood, which she will bundle and carry back on her head.
Photo by author

17

Cook

We all know a woman's place is in the kitchen. Oh wait, bullshit. But when we do get into a kitchen, women can own it like no other. This woman at the floating market outside Bangkok is frying up a dozen different things at once, in the heat, in a kitchen that is floating on a river.
Photo: Lisheng Chang

18

Laugh

To look life in the face in all its joy, pain, sorrow, and struggle, and be able to laugh is a sure sign of strength. Vietnam.
Photo: Huyen Nguyen

19

Weave

Weaving is a time-consuming, finger-breaking, tedious, slow art form. Women like these in the Colca Valley of Peru weave daily, and when they're not weaving, they hike to touristy areas to sell their wares.
Photo: Pedro Szekely

20

Carry 1

These girls will walk in the heat to gather water several times a day. Kenya.
Photo: Tucker Tangeman

21

Carry 2

A mother carries her children in many ways, but this woman will carry her child the entire workday.
Photo: Annie Spratt

22

Carry 3

A mother hefts her toddler through a marketplace in Ubud, Indonesia, selling fans.
Photo: Tbel Abuseridze

23

Carry 4 / Sacrifice

Women's bodies stretch, ache, groan, and sacrifice to make room for a growing baby. We sacrifice our bodies, our time, our energy, our comfort, our futures, and even our shallow standards of beauty in order to bring a life forth. Scars should be celebrated, not shamed.
Photo: tomfreakz

24

Carve

Surfing was made mainstream by men but women have shown up around the world and to show that we can do it, too. And we're damn good. Australian Chelsea Hedges carves up a way, and a little more of that path forward for women in sports.
Photo: Surfglassy

25

Charge

Yeah, we play football too.
Photo: Pierre Selim

26

Swim

Despite ongoing violence in the country, these women braved social expectations, and crowds, to enjoy a day at the beach for Eid-Ul-Fitr, an important day on the Muslim calendar. Mogadishu, Somalia.
Photo: AMISOM Public Information

27

Herd

A woman makes her way home with her cows. She herds them along a sheer cliff drop following the Yangtze River, in Northwest Yunnan, China. Uphill, precarious, rough: the path home is not always easy.
Photo: TimQuijano

28

Nourish

Women teaching other women in India how to breastfeed, in order to combat malnutrition. Even if the mother is malnourished, her milk will sustain new life. That's how strong our bodies are.
Photo: DFID - UK Department for International Development

29

Create

Hannah Kidd is an artist in New Zealand who recycles roofing iron off old buildings, then runs over it in her truck to flatten it, before she cuts, welds, and sculpts incredible works of art. Creation takes a lot of inner strength but her art takes literal physical strength, too.
Photo: Lara Macgregor

30

Bloom

When women realize their own strength, they flourish.
Photo: Autumn Goodman