15 in a Billion

With 1.4 billion citizens, mainland China is the world's most populous country—and home to one in five women on our planet, from rice farmers to multimillionaires. Photographer Kate Peters and writer Abigail Haworth capture a portrait of a nation in dramatic flux through 15 women.

By Abigail Haworth

November 5, 2012 11:00 AM
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Migrant Factory Worker

Min-Jie Fu, 21

Like millions of women from the countryside, Fu left her home in rural southwest China to seek work in the manufacturing hub of Shenzhen. She found a job in a jewelry factory and lives on-site in a dormitory with four other workers. She earns $200 a month, half of which she sends home to help her impoverished parents.

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