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Defying the Odds

29 minutes 15 seconds

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Focuses on the lives of four women of diverse ages and backgrounds who break new ground in new fields in their countries. Includes a lawyer in Pakistan, a single parent and union organizer in Guatemala, a Latvian theater director, and an immigrant from Hong Kong who wins an election in her new homeland.

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