WOMEN
06/03/2014 12:42 pm ET Updated Jun 03, 2014

'Under Pressure' Photo Series Shows The Conflicts Modern Women Face

It seems impossible to put the overwhelming demands society places on women into words. But sometimes a picture can capture them perfectly.

Italian photographer Guia Besana, currently based in Paris, explores the various expectations women face in her new photo series, "Under Pressure."

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Besana's photographs show the daily conflicts of modern womanhood, including the difficulty of adhering to beauty ideals, pressure to be a perfect mother and the drudgery of going to work for unequal pay.

"I wanted to create a discussion and represent a contradiction," Besana told The Huffington Post in an email. "[Women are expected] to be 'appropriate' and 'empowered' all at once, which can create conflict, and this is what 'Under Pressure' is about."

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Check out the rest of Besana's series here.

[h/t Beautiful Decay]

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