"Women played a large but unsung role in the uprising," says Sarah Elliott. "My inspiration for these images was their lack of coverage."
Salma Taghdi, 22, helped launch a paper (Men Trabuls, or From Tripoli)to get revolution news to locals. She also updated the international media. "We were trying to let the world know what was going on," she says.
Dr. Mariam Talyeb, 32, fought for the rebels even while she was seven months pregnant. "I don't care if I die," she says. "I want to be free."
Weded Elbede, 52, in the bridal shop she's owned for six years. Despite pressure from Gaddafi's thugs to stay open — "they wanted things to look normal,"she says — Elbede shuttered it, reopening only after Tripoli was liberated.
Eman Salah (center) and Ekram Benhamed (right), both 24, volunteered at Matiga Military Hospital. After rebels entered Tripoli in late August, Salah says, "Every day there were multiple gunshot wounds."
Nisreen Mansour Al Forgani, 19, volunteered for the female section of Gaddafi's Popular Guards militia. As anti-Gaddafi forces closed in on Tripoli, she says she was forced at gunpoint to shoot rebels at close range. She was captured after trying to escape through a window. Today she's in prison.
Hweida Mahmoud Shibadi (left) and Nabila Abdelrahman Abu Ras, both 40, are lawyers turned rebel activists. Shibadi conveyed info about Gaddafi's movements that led to NATO airstrikes; Abu Ras printed leaflets that women tossed from speeding cars.
Nadia El Bergli, 28, managed Grains of Hope, a group that made food for rebels on the front lines. She holds a collage depicting her brother's four-month detainment by Gaddafi's troops.