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Inside the closed world of Hasidic Jews in the UK are stories of mothers who risk everything in order to leave their communities. It is often the future of their children that provokes the biggest conflict. Some women find themselves locked in lopsided battles - facing harassment, intimidation, and crowd-funded lawyers. "I had stopped being somebody's daughter, somebody's sister, somebody's friend," says Ruth (not her real name). "I was a monster that needed to be destroyed, and that's the way it felt. And that's the way I think my children were encouraged to see me."

The women pressured to give up their children

"Though we strive for equality, chauvinism is a very good thing for female poker players," says Cat Hulbert. "It makes us a lot of money. To win at cards, each woman has to use whatever she's got. If you're beautiful, men are going to be distracted with thoughts of how to get you into bed - which will give you an advantage. Other women act more child-like, appealing to men's paternalistic nature. And the male opponent that sees no fear in a woman - that drives him crazy, his competitive desire to crush her is so high."

How I got rich beating men at their own game

This article is part of the BBC's 100 Women series of documentaries, features and interviews about the lives of influential or inspirational women.

America's biggest shopping mall grabbed headlines this week by hiring its first African-American Father Christmas. "Going to a department store, sitting on Santa's lap, all of that, is very central to a certain kind of post-war, white middle-class identity," says Prof Victoria Wolcott, a history professor, who writes about segregation. "To challenge that, by having a Santa Claus of colour, disturbs people." But black Santas have been around for a lot longer than you might think - and even played a role in the civil rights struggles of the 1960s.

The secret history of black Santas

Emma Lawton was 29 when she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. As a graphic designer, drawing is a huge part of her life but the tremor in her hands has worsened to the point where it stops her from writing and drawing straight lines. "I tend to just avoid doing sketching and writing now because it's not really worth it," she says. "Anything that would just make my hand do what I want it to do, to be able to sign my name, would be an incredible thing." Enter computer scientist Haiyan Zhang, who had an idea for an invention that could do just that.

VIDEO: The invention that helped me write again

Nearly 20 years ago a valuable portrait by Klimt was stolen, in bizarre circumstances, from a gallery in the Italian city of Piacenza. "I stole it months before anybody had noticed," the now elderly thief says. "Nobody blinked, nobody noticed. It was an easy and carefully planned inside job." Part of the reason the theft was overlooked was because the thief had replaced the work of art with a copy. But then he realised he needed to steal the copy too. Max Paradiso goes to Piacenza to find out why, and to investigate a claim that the original painting, long since sold, may be about to be returned.

The mystery of the stolen Klimt

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"This is ours," says 48-year-old Linda Milton Eaddy, as she watches the sun set on her family's homestead in the US state of South Carolina. "We don't owe anybody anything on it. It belongs to us and we will not let them have it." But the descendants of West African slaves, known as Gullah Geechee, who have passed their land down through the generations, are living on land that has become prime real estate and they face a legal battle keeping the developers at bay.

Descendants of slaves fight for their land

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