Social discontent is strong worldwide, and in light of current events, here are some of the most striking images of defiance from our past (and present):
Ieshia Evans, Black Lives Matter, July 2016
Ieshia Evans was part of over 100 people who took part in a demonstration in Baton Rouge following the death of 37-year-old Alton Sterling, who was killed after being shot by police. The image of the woman standing tall against armed riot police will go down in history as a marker of rising police brutality in the US.
The Young Afghan Girl, 1985
@tfnow Thought of the haunting eyes of the young Afghan girl photo by Nat Geog - She was just jailed in Pakistan… https://t.co/JMefPie6dF
Photographer Steve McCurry captured what has become one of the most famous pictures for The National Geographic. The image, which was taken in June 1985 depicts a young Afghan refugee called Sharbat Gula staring defiantly into the camera. At the time of the photo, Afghanistan was in the midst of a civil war which cost hundreds of thousands of people their homes, and lives.
It was the first time Gula was photographed, and 17 years later when McCurry went back to the mountainous region of Afghanistan, he was the only one to photograph her again.
Recently Gula was arrested for living in Pakistan with fraudulent papers, but after pressure from the international community, she will be released on bail.
However historian and writer Guy Walters has claimed it was taken in Minsk, Belarus, and that it Greasley is not the subject, as the subject is wearing a Soviet cap.
The power of the image is by no means lessened by the absence of an identity, and is arguably more powerful it the soldier is an unidentified every-man, eye to eye with the head of the National Socialist's death head.
Femmes Algériennes, 1960
Now on view at the #ICPMuseum:
Femmes Algériennes, 1960
#MuseumMonday https://t.co/Q0KgEmYgFL https://t.co/ob07WOmtyS
French photographer Marc Garanger was drafted into the French army during his country's colonial war with Algeria.
He was sent to Kabylia, a small mountain village whose region had been putting up a strong resistance to the occupation. He was tasked with unveiling the Algerian women in the village – who only showed their faces to the men who were their brothers, fathers and husbands – and to photograph them.
The images became synonymous with Algeria’s resilience against the French. France would occupy the country for many years, but one of the main components of the uprising and eventual war of independence would be Algerian women.
Ruby Bridges, New Orleans, 1960
School segregation had been part and parcel of Jim Crow laws in the South for many years, legally bolstered by the seminal Plessy v Ferguson case. It was not until 1954, in the Brown v Board of Education Supreme Court ruling, that segregation was overturned.
The image shows the first black girl attending school with white children. Ruby Bridges was escorted to and from William Frantz Elementary School, and what is interesting about the photo was that segregationist protesters were stationed outside for many weeks.
Anti-abortion laws have a long and sordid history in Poland, and every year women take to the streets to protest. The year 2016 has Poland proposing a total ban on abortion, which prompted protests across the country.
The following image was taken at one such protest and took on a life of its own, as people began sharing on social media.
Quite possibly the coolest protest sign ever. Stand by #Poland's women in their fight against medieval abortion ban… https://t.co/3RtrsCeWU0