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Jimena Lidia Huaylas puts on her colorful skirt, embroidered shawl, brooch and earrings—all part of a traditional Bolivian cholita outfit—and goes out to scale Bolivia’s highest peaks. The Great Big Story follows Jimena and her friends, who founded the all-woman group, the Cholita Climbers, and have broken stereotypes of what a woman can do in the culture of machismo they live in.

“They would say, ‘How could a woman climb up a mountain? That’s wrong!'” said Huaylas. “There’s always someone who will criticize us. They still do. But we show them with actions, not words.”