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Large numbers of people have taken to the streets in protest against corrupt and authoritarian governments. Photographs of male protesters have dominated the headlines, but women have also played an important and undeniable role in the protests. To some, the involvement of women may be a surprise, but it is clear they are active and playing a pivotal role in their country's history.
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Yemeni protesters hold calling for ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh during a massive anti-regime rally in the capital Sanaa, Yemen on March 3, 2011 as Yemen's opposition and clerics offered Saleh a smooth exit from power by the end of this year. UPI/Mohammad Abdullah
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