We asked women around the world these 6 provocative questions

The answers may surprise you. Here's what they said.

Through the words and portraits that follow, you'll meet impressive, insightful women from all walks of life—women to whom National Geographic put the same set of questions. Some are notables from our new book WOMEN: The National Geographic Image Collection. Others are National Geographic Society scientists and explorers. Still others belong to Women of Impact, a 56,000-strong online community that National Geographic convened as a place to share women’s stories. Ponder the questions if you like, or make use of the answers. Welcome to the discussion.

Interviews have been edited for length and clarity.

"Being treated equitably, based on ability to contribute, based on skills. Being accepted as equal.” — Ellen Pao (above)
When Pao sued her Silicon Valley employer for gender discrimination, she put the tech field’s treatment of women on trial. In 2015 a jury ruled against Pao, who by then led the social media site Reddit. Now she runs Project Include, a nonprofit she founded to foster inclusion and diversity in the tech world.

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