From tea fields to technology, women are the resilient, hard-working backbone of their communities. Award-winning photographer Alison Wright’s 128 dynamic color plates portray women in more than 25 developing countries, whose perseverance is often overlooked. Women from Nigeria to Nicaragua share empowering experiences of rising above their circumstances, be it poverty or oppressive cultural conventions. The photos and the women’s quotes express what work means to them—creating financial independence, purpose, and community, as well as deep-rooted cultural traditions and hand crafts. Grit and Grace also celebrates the grassroots organizations committed to finding creative solutions to the challenges these individuals face. Give a woman a seed of opportunity, and she will grow a forest.

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