Women in Tibet are known for their strength and wisdom, and as keepers of traditional culture. They have long enjoyed a somewhat better status in society compared to many cultures surrounding the Tibetan plateau. However, as the Dalai Lama's mother wrote, in Tibet "the husband-wife relationship was not one of equality. The woman is always subservient."
The challenges within Tibetan society now are compounded by the struggle to maintain a distinct Tibetan culture as more and more Chinese settlers move into Tibet. Women have responded by becoming leaders in business and community organizations, nuns, educators, professors and writers. ICT's 2010 Women in Tibet calendar pays homage to Tibetan women and how they confront issues of discrimination, poverty, and national subjugation.