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In the new Shatterbox Anthology film 50/50, Emmy-nominated filmmaker and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain embarks on a journey to document the true history of powerful women around the world. The project began when Shlain became aware of an interesting statistic about the number of women who have been elected heads of state, which was a lot more than she thought.

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Watch: This new documentary tells the story of success and abundance for women– a story that too few of us really know

With every powerful woman came a male successor who strived to erase her reign from history. 50/50 seeks to rectify that dynamic by examining the moments that could have lead us to true equality. Here’s the secret story behind women leaders you need to know.

Gifs: Tiffany Shlain/Refinery29

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