“I don’t really see myself as a female photographer when I take pictures. I am just a photographer. But definitely, there are several situations where I was able to be in a special place because I was a woman” — Noriko Hayashi
This year’s theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”.
In celebrating women across the world, nine top female photographers share their most striking photos and why they’re in the field dominated by men.