March 8th is International Women’s Day, a date observed by the United Nations since 1975. The fight for women’s rights, however, is far from over and continues today.  With a history behind us tied to the revolutionary movements of the early 1900’s, we are taking the time to celebrate the incredible gains made by women around the world.   This year’s theme was ‘Inspiring Change,’ with the aim of looking forward to greater equality for individuals worldwide. In a show of solidarity, marches that took place in London and Mexico City celebrated the gains made and brought attention to the struggles that continue to affect the status of women.  This year’s celebration focused on Hillary Clinton’s powerful address to the United Nations, where she commented that today “there are more girls in school than at any [other] time in human history, more women in elected office, [and] many discriminatory laws have been repealed.”  The audience, however, was reminded to consider how much farther the world has to go in order to achieve the UN’s goal of full gender equality. “No country in the world, including my own, has achieved full participation,” she said.  It is undeniable that the economic and political standing of women has reached heights unimaginable a few generations ago. It is a momentous achievement which could have never been possible were it not for the women who fought for it. We would not be where we are without their struggles and their faith in themselves and other women. Their fight is ours.

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