For girls in rural Yemen, just getting permission to go to school can be an obstacle. Here, first-graders sit five to a bench. Classrooms often number 150 students to one teacher.

Photographer Laura Boushnak celebrates success stories in women’s education across the Arab World.

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15-year old Julia Bluhm is a ballet dancer and body image activist. You might see a disconnect, but Julia sees an opportunity; having seen her ballet friends struggle with body issues, she decided to do something about it.