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International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements – from the political to the social – while calling for gender equality. The day is marked around the world with arts performances, talks, rallies, networking events, conferences and marches.

HOW DID IT START?

The original spirit of International Women’s Day is about giving a voice to women who might otherwise be heard. It all started in 1908, when a group of women gathered in New York City to demand fair pay, better working conditions, and the right to vote. Their commitment to equality sparked similar events in other countries. The day is now observed in a myriad of countries and a multitude of ways.

WHY DO WE STILL CELEBRATE IT?

The original aim – to achieve full gender equality for women all over the world – has still not been realised. A gender pay gap persists across the globe and women are still not present in equal numbers in business or politics.

On International Women’s Day, women across the world come together to force the world to recognise these inequalities – while also celebrating the achievements of women who have overcome these barriers.

BEX ROX’S INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN

DIANA VREELAND

Fashion Editor

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“Give them what they never knew they wanted”

CLEO WADE

Poet & Speaker

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“It is always important to remember where you are from – and when I say ‘where you are from’ I mean, a woman”

DIANE VON FÜRSTENBURG

 Persevered  to become a Fashion Designer

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“I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. But I knew the woman I wanted to become”

AMAL CLOONEY

Human Rights Lawyer

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“Sometimes it takes years to get the results you want. But you shouldn’t stop trying”

EMMELINE  PANKHURST

English Suffragettes

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“Trust in God – she will provide”

EMMA WATSON

Women’s Rights Activist & Actress

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“If not me, who? If not now, when?”

WINNIE HARLOW

Promotes diversity in models

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“Just because you are different doesn’t mean you can’t make a difference”

FRIDA KAHLO

Mexican Painter & Activist

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“Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?”

MALALA YOUSAFZAI

Nobel Peace Prize

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“I don’t want to be remembered as the girl who was shot. I want to be remembered as the girl who stood up”

ROSA PARKS

Civil Rights Activist

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“I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free”

CLEOPATRA

Egyptian Pharaoh

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“I will not be triumphed over”