What is International Women's Day all about?

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Join in the debate, get active and feel empowered wherever you are this International Women's Day.

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We juggle babies and boardrooms, have won vital votes and victories, and all while taking on discrimination. Now isn't that worth a little celebration?

International Women's Day has been celebrated every March 8th since the early 1900s, when it arguably started life as a political event in the Soviet Union before being developed by the UN as marked occasion to recognise our worldwide struggles.

Each Women's Day has varying themes to which it aims to find resolution. 2013 was, 'A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women' and this year it is all about Inspiring Change and challenging the status quo.

The original focus of the Day was to mark the solidarity of equal economical and political rights. It seems madness now that there was no place in parliament, polls or even the professional workplace for us in relatively recent history, but our 'fore-mothers' literally dragged themselves under horses to drag us into the modern world.

Wealthy women joined forces with lower classes to form a united front in both militant and peaceful ways to fight for what we take for granted every 8th March since.

And despite advancements, there is still a long way to go for female role in societies worldwide - hence 'inspiring change'.

The integral strength of the woman is phenomenal - we fight and win battles every day, and we must recognise these achievements. International Women's Day is 24 hours, but imagine if this positivity spanned the year for all worldwide?

As the great feminist Gloria Steinem explains, "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights".

Darn straight. Ladies - you're awesome.

Find out more about International Women's Day at internationalwomensday.com

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