Tibetan women usually lead a more difficult life than Tibetan men. Tibetan women are in charge of most of the household chores. Nomad women wake up early in the morning to collect yak dung to be dried. Since most of Tibet is treeless, yak dung is dried and used as fuel for fires. Women milk the yaks before the men or children take them up the mountains to graze. Women are also in charge of cooking the meals and taking care of the children.
Tibetans are very hospitable. I have entered over a hundred Tibetans homes over the years and each one I was greeted by a woman giving me a cup of milk or butter tea. Along with tea, the women also offer fresh bread, momo's or dried yak meat to their guests.
This second picture is of a nomad woman and her daughter near Chumarleb (Qumalai) in Kham.
Tibetan women who live in remote rural areas still wear traditional clothes. Tibetan coats (called chuba) are long and are lined with sheep furs on the outside. In some areas of Tibet, women will wear sheep fur lined hats as well. In many cultures women are responsible for making clothes, but in most of the Tibetan homes I have visited men have been the ones who make clothes.
This third picture is taken near Ngoring Lake in Amdo.
It is still common for Tibetan women who come from nomad families to get married at age 16 or 17. Tibetans who live in larger towns and are able to go to high school or even college usually wait until they are 22 to 25 before getting married.
Though Han (Chinese) people are only able to have one child, Tibetans and other minority groups in China are allowed to have two and sometimes three children. In remote areas of Tibet, it is common to see Tibetan families with up to 6 children.
This fourth picture is taken near Jyekundo in Kham.
This last picture is of a woman sitting along the steps of Drepung Monastery in Lhasa.