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I Am Woman: A Pictorial Celebration

Widyawati Robani, 38

Widyawati is a housewife from Kampung Parit Mahang in Batu Pahat, Johor with five young children. Not only does she manage her household and ferry her children to and from school (on her motorbike), Widyawati aslo supplements the family income by doing various odd jobs such as selling homemade cakes and working part-time at an oil palm plantation. - ABDUL RAHMAN EMBONG/The Star

Eleanor Marie Taye, 31

For Eleanor, walking into a hardware shop is akin to a kid walking into Toys R Us! The advertising graduate loves fiddling around with scrap material - from empty jars to large, discarded pieces of wood - to create things of beauty. - IBRAHIM MOHTAR/The Star

Caroll Leong, 31

A fitness buff, Caroll is currently the branch manager for an all women's gym in Taman Tun Dr Ismail - SAM THAM/The Star

Sukiriah Ail, 57.

SUKIRIAH from Kampung Padang Embun in Bunut Susur, Pasir Mas has been selling satay for more than two decades. - SAZUKI EMBONG/The Star

Lailatul Sehar Mohd Nor, 48.

Lailatul from Taman Puncak Jelapang in Ipoh has been making and selling home made kuih Bahulu for the past 30 years - SAIFUL BAHRI/The Star

Seeling Tan, 42, Artist

Tan is an artist and art educator for special needs children. She sees her art lessons as being social meeting points where her students can interact with each other. - IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/The Star

Rahmah Yaakob, 58.

Rubber tapper Rahmah Yaakob, 58, from Kampung Selamat in Tasik Gelugor, Penang starts work as early as 5am daily. - MUSTAFA AHMAD/The Star

Nurul Izzah, 15, student.

Nurul has been tap dancing since she was nine. She also plays the djembe and is learning aikido - SAMUEL ONG/The Star

Mek Jah Yaakub, 54, cigarette maker

Mek Jah spends four to five hours a day making rokok gulung from palm leaves in her house in Kota Baru to bring up her 18 children. - SAZUKI EMBONG/The Star

Chee Goon Hoe, 61,

Chee Goon Hoe has fought and survived cancer twice in the past 17 years, and she now helps other cancer patients through the support group at the Among Friends Wellness Centre in Penang. - LIM BENG TATT/The Star

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Join us in our tribute to women. Email us your photographs in high resolution to star2@thestar.com.my with the subject title ‘I Am Woman’. Please include your subject’s name, age, occupation and a short description, as well as your contact details. Selected photographs will be featured in this gallery.

K. Rani, 50, florist

Rani has been running a flower stall with her sister for 15 years. She is busiest during festivals, even more so because her stall is on Pitt Street, Penang, where there is an Indian temple, a Chinese temple, a mosque and a church. - CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

Jaja Radzwan, 25, hairdresser

Jaja started in the business seven years ago, and is now the proud owner of a unisex salon. - BRIAN MOH/The Star

Jeanna Leia Alis Junady, 12, Student

Jeanna Laia first took us fencing as an extracurricular activity in school. But it's now her first love, and she is has done the country proud in international competitions. - KAMARUL ARIFFIN/The Star.

Corporal Nor Haniza Azmi, 30, traffic police officer.

It's tough being a traffic policewoman on Kuala Lumpur's perpetually congested roads, but Corporal Nor Haniza takes it all in her stride. - AZLINA ABDULLAH/The Star

Dr Nurul Dina Ong, 46, doctor

Dr Nurul Dina Ong is a general practitioner in a busy clinic but she who makes the effort to get to know her patients. - CHAN TAK KONG/The Star

Melanie Chong, 27, pastry chef

Melanie is passionate about her craft and now runs her own cafe in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. - ANDREW CHONG/The Star

Jane Lee, 36, cafe owner

Jane quit her job as a journalist to open a cafe with her friends in Kuala Lumpur one and a half years ago. - CHAN TAK KONG/The Star

Yulhaida Lubis Goh, 53, swimming coach

Goh gives swimming lessons to children and adult cancer patients during camps organised by the Cancerlink Foundation of Malaysia. - YAP CHEE HONG/The Star

Yeoh Chew Hong, 66, hawker.

Yeoh has been selling curry rice and nasi lemak for the past 30 years. Her curry fish rice is popular in Alor Setar, Kedah. - G.C.TAN /THE STAR

Rozi Hasnita Abd Rahman, 40, crafter

Rozi is a part of a larger group of sewing enthusiasts who sew pillowcases and chemo caps to help cheer up patients at the children's ward in KL.

Wan Maznah Wan Omar, 39, bus driver

Wan Maznah Wan Omar is the only woman bus driver in Butterworth, Penang. She is a single mother of three children. - ASRI ABDUL GHANI/The Star

Ch'ng Shi Yi, 30, manager

Ch'ng Shi Yi has been helping people see better by pairing them with the correct spectacles and lenses for 11 years. - KEVIN TAN/The Star

Ainina Abdul Manas, 20, businesswoman

Ainina Abdul Manas sells headscarves on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. - AZMAN GHANI / The Star

Ang Sinn E, 30, lawyer

Sinn E lifts, swings and presses kettlebells five times a week to build up her strength. - AZMAN GHANI /THE STAR

Chan Bee Tin, 40, part-time athletics trainer for Penang Disabled Persons Sports and Recreation Association (Pesron)

Chan, who is partially-blind, represented the country in the 3rd International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) World Championships and games in Brazil in 2007 where she won a gold, silver and bronze medal in athletics. - CHIN CHENG YEANG/THE STAR

Khairinah Chumari, 38, Graphic Designer

This mother of three has conquered 78 mountains.

Jennifer Mira Ofera a/k Sibos, 25, Firefighter

The young firefighter has only been on the job for a year and is looking forward to serving the community. - ZHAFARAN NASIB/THE STAR

Alice Wong, 31, shoe designer

Alice Wong gave up her job as a bank officer to pursue her lifelong dream of designing women's shoes. - AZMAN GHANI/THE STAR

Aunty Mary ,75, retiree

The former Miss Penang Trade Fair 1963 feeds more than 60 stray dogs in Kuala Lumpur every day. - K. K. SHAM/THE STAR

Dr Prema Devaraj, programme consultant at Women Centre of Change, Penang.

Dr Prema Devaraj is a vocal champion of women's rights and well-being. - CHARLES MARIASOOSAY/THE STAR

Lailatul Sehar Mohd Nor, 48, entrepreneur

Lailatul of Taman Puncak Jelapang in Ipoh has been making and selling kuih Bahulu for the past 30 years. - SAIFUL BAHRI/THE STAR

Monasha Gopalan, 35, Flight Attendant

When she's not flying, Monasha powers up with jiujitsu. - AZMAN GHANI/THE STAR

Muhairene Mohammed, English teacher

In her 20-year teaching career, Muhairene Mohammed has taught at various postings all over the country. - ROHAIZAT MAT DARUS/THE STAR

Patsy Yap, in her 60s, triathlete

Patsy Yap only learnt to swim when she was 48, and now she is swimming competitively in triathlon events. – RAYMOND OOI/THE STAR

Rupa Anurandra, 15, student

Describing her musical tastes as being “all over the place”, Rupa likes alternative rock, movie soundtracks, techno R&B ... and Joni Mitchel!- SAMUEL ONG/THE STAR

Tan Ying, 55, proprietor

Tan Ying operates a shop selling and repairing bicycles with her son. - SIA HONG KIAU/THE STAR

Zulaikah Norziana Nasser, 11, student

Zulaikah is a golfer ranked third in the Under-12 category. She is also the captain of her school's cheerleading team.- ART CHEN/THE STAR

Ustazah Che Jah Hussin, 61, religious teacher

Ustazah Che Jah teaches Al-Quran to 50 children at her home in Kuala Lumpur every Monday to Thursday. - M. AZHAR ARIF/The Star

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