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International Women's Day: Past, Present and Future

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Every year countries around the globe participate in the celebration of women's equality and prosperity in the past present and future. Recognizing where we have been, how far we have come and acknowledging the progress that still needs to be made on women's rights and their involvement in the global community certainly deserves a special day.

Women play a key role in the progress of man-kind economically, socially and culturally. Thanks to many brave women and young girls, female empowerment has continued to grow and improve with each effort no matter how big or small. With women making up more than half of the world's population, individuals in the past and present such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Susan B. Anthony and Malala Yousafzai prove that there should be the same number of women able to represent it.

Unfortunately, there has been a misconception in the world politics referring to certain aspects of health, education, child care and increased economic opportunities as "women's issues". This is a label that needs to be removed in order for people to recognize the true motivation behind female empowerment. It is a human rights issue. As women and young girls all over the world are unable to reach their full potential, local communities, countries and our entire global population will not be able to reach its full potential. It has been proven time and time again that when women have better access to education, health care and economic opportunities, nations as a whole greatly benefit.

On this day try to remember all the great women of history who have had a lasting impact on where the status of women stand today, encourage and support the current women and who seek to attain a more promising future for females everywhere, and help lay the foundations for the young women and young girls who will be the next generation to unlock human potential and prosperity.

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