Margaret Bourke-White (1904–1971) was a woman of firsts: the first foreign journalist allowed to take pictures of industries in the Soviet Union; the first female photographer hired by Life magazine and its first female war correspondent. In fact, her work graced the first Life cover in November 1936. Bourke-White’s interests ranged far and wide, from photographing the drought victims of the Dust Bowl to chronicling the combat zones of World War II and the violence of the India/Pakistan partition.
One of themes she kept returning to was that of women, specifically women and their work. She photographed working women in a number of countries in a manner that illustrated the dignity of their work, no matter how controversial.
Margaret Bourke-White, [Because the laws of Islam prohibit women from speaking loudly, this professional Muslim female beggar is holding a card, which has a message written in Urdu saying she is a widow with two children and no one to support her, Delhi], 1946