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Getty's 'Lean In' stock photos challenge female stereotypes

20 May 2014 Last updated at 04:24 BST

The images are familiar. Scantily clad women holding power tools or sitting behind secretaries' desks have become the norm in stock photo databases used in the media.

But now Getty Images has joined, a non-profit founded by Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg, to try to change the way women are portrayed.

They have released a collection of photos that challenge these stereotypes and offer a more empowered vision of modern women and girls.

The BBC spoke to Pamela Grossman, director of visual trends at Getty Images, and Jessica Bennett, an editor for

Produced for the BBC by Granny Cart Productions

Additional footage: Miss Representation; Music: Drum & Lace Music; Photographer: Seher Sikander; Photographer's subjects: Boyuan Gao and Jahan Mantin of Project Inkblot; Location: Center for Social Innovation

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