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Wednesday, March 06, 2013


International Women's Day is March 8th in which we celebrate and honor women who have contributed to expanding women's voices.  There is still work to be done. For example, when it comes to equal pay. 

Over the last several decades, there have been major changes in the United States in how families address the issue of women working outside the home. Fifty years ago, the majority of American women did not work outside the home.  However, two wars played a major role in the labor workforce: World War II and the Vietnam War.   With the emergence of the women’s rights movement of the 1960s, women began to demand equal opportunity for employment and better wages.  

President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to help women fight back against pay discrimination, but it still exists. That's why International Women's Day is so important. It's a day to make sure that our voices are heard and not silenced when it comes to inequalities that we face. Stand up for women around the world on March 8 and every day.

International Women's Day, 8 March, shines a spotlight on the status of equality for all women. Search International Women's Day events by country here.

Learn more about is a global hub for sharing International Women’s Day information, events, news and resources. The website was founded in 2001 as a non-profit philanthropic venture dedicated to keeping International Women’s Day (IWD) alive and growing. Since 2007, IWD has gained considerable momentum due to greater media attention, events, social networking and corporate support. IWD is now celebrated via wide scale activity in almost every country and many world leaders support the day with official statements.

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