Afghan pupils attend class at a girls school in Kabul on September 20, 2010. The Taliban banned female education and work during their brutal 1996-2001 rule. Since their overthrow in a US-led invasion, millions of girls have returned to the classroom and many women now work outside the home. By Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images.

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