International Women's Day (SLIDESHOW)

04/08/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Women around the world are pausing today to celebrate International Women's Day. Since the early 1900's, this has been a day to recognize and celebrate the important social, political and economic contributions women make to society.

To mark the day, here is a slideshow of women around the world who have overcome sexism, stereotypes and sometimes violent oppression to become leaders and role models for the women in their communities.

International Women's Day
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