Sara Mamani sits at the wheel of the bus she drives. She is the second ‘cholita’ ever to drive a bus in La Paz, Bolivia.
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Celia Laura stands in her classroom at San Calixto Private School in La Paz. Since 2013, Bolivian students learn Spanish, English, and an indigenous language.
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Catalina Silvera fixes furniture in her facility in El Alto, Bolivia. A self-made entrepreneur, she employs more than 50 people.
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‘Cholitas’ prepare themselves backstage before ascending the catwalk at a fashion show in El Alto.
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Congresswoman Cristina Paxi poses at the Plurinational Legislative Assembly in La Paz. After hearing that women couldn’t be elected to high office, Ms. Paxi ran for a seat in the assembly’s Chamber of Deputies in 2014 and won.
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Estela Loyaza (r.) talks with fellow traffic warden A. Quispe. Ms. Loyaza is one of 15 ‘cholitas’ who work as traffic wardens in El Alto.
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Bertha Acarapi is a news broadcaster at ATB Television studios in La Paz. Ms. Acarapi is the second ‘cholita’ woman to work in Bolivian TV.
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Silvina La Poderosa jumps from a corner of the ring to land on her opponent, Reyna Torres, during a promotional fight in Senkata, El Alto. Wrestling became more popular after indigenous women were allowed to participate.