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03/29/2011 12:58 pm ET | Updated May 29, 2011

Michelle Bachelet, Head Of U.N. Women, Takes The Gender Fight Worldwide

PARIS -- "I am a woman, a Socialist, divorced and agnostic," the new defense minister told the generals of her Roman Catholic country. "But we will work together very well."

Michelle Bachelet, who in 2002 became Chile's first female defense minister and four years later the country's first female president, has never shied from challenging the status quo. Now the first head of U.N. Women, the three-month-old U.N. agency for gender equality and female empowerment, Ms. Bachelet is doing it again -- this time turning some traditional notions of feminism on their head.

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