Whether in the ring, battling flames or lifting off into space, women have entered professions traditionally held by men. To mark International Women's Day on Thursday, March 8, 2018, AFP photographed women who are breaking down the barriers of gender-bias at work.
Ana Sousa, 45, a TAP Air Portugal pilot for 11 years, at a TAP hangar in Lisbon on Feb. 28, 2018.
Maria Jose Martienz Ortiz, 43, a firefighter, at the "Fuente San Luis" fire station facilities in Valencia, Spain, on Feb. 28, 2018.
Emma Billet, 28, an Australian sheep shearer at a station outside the town of Trangie in western New South Wales on Feb. 21, 2018.
Houssa Nientao, 64, in Bamako, Mali, on Feb. 20, 2018. Nientao is one of the few female marabouts, a Muslim teacher or holy person, in Bamako.
Kathryn Sargent at her shop on London's Savile Row on Feb. 23., 2018. Sargent, is the first woman to open her own tailoring house on Savile Row.
Lebanese mechanic Rana el-Hayek, 22, at a car repair garage where she works in Qannabat Brummana, northeast of Beirut, on March 3, 2018. Hayek followed her childhood dream to become a mechanic and she is studying electrical engineering.
South Sudanese cattle herder Mary Amer, 22, with her child in a camp in Mingkaman, South Sudan, on March 3, 2018.
Israeli army sergeant Amit Malekin, 19, commander of a mobile rocket launcher, in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights near the border between Israel and Syria on Feb. 26, 2018.
Heather Marold Thomason, founder of Primal Supply Meats, at her company's dry-aging room on March 2, 2018, in Lansdowne, Pa.
Marwa Mauled Abdi, 24, on a soccer field built exclusively for women in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, northwestern Somalia, on March 1, 2018.
Spanish Legionnaire Rosa Galvez, 36, at the Spanish Legion military base "Alvarez de Sotomayor" in Viator, near Almeria, on March 2, 2018.
Zahida, a Pakistani female police assistance sub-inspector, at a police academy in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Feb. 26, 2018.
Auto-rickshaw driver Tabasumm, 30, with her vehicle in Allahabad, India, on Feb. 22, 2018.
French chef Anne-Sophie Pic, the only female three-starred Michelin chef in France and one of a handful in the world, on March 2, 2018, in the kitchen of her restaurant "La maison Pic" in Valence, southeastern France.
Sarah Achieng, 31, a professional boxer and sports administrator, after her training session at Kariobangi social hall gym in Nairobi, Kenya, on Feb. 27, 2018.
Carla Rozalen, 29, a helicopter pilot in front of a Bell 412 twin-engine utility helicopter at the FAASA Group, in Palma del Rio, Cordoba on Feb. 27, 2018.
Canal Locks operator Eyda Rios, 55, at the Panama Canal's Pedro Miguel Locks, on the outskirts of Panama City on Feb. 26, 2018.
Hannah Beachler, a production designer, in West Hollywood, Calif., on Feb. 22, 2018. Beachler, who designed Wakanda, the "Black Panther" fictional African home and world, is the only black woman at the top of her field.
New South Wales state emergency services volunteer Michelle Whye in front of an emergency vehicle at their headquarters in Sydney on Feb. 23, 2018.