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International Women's Day: 5 Ways To Empower Women And Girls Worldwide

03/08/2012 04:40 pm 16:40:07 | Updated Mar 08, 2012

International Women's Day is not only a celebration of gals all over the world -- it's also a call to action.

First celebrated in 1911, International Women's Day is rooted in celebration of economic, political and social achievements that women have made. The commemorative day also serves to highlight women in need.

This year's theme, "Connecting Girls: Inspiring Futures," urges us all to be an advocate for future generations. Organizations such as GirlUp empowers American girls to raise funds and awareness and for young women in need worldwide. Microloan providers such as Kiva provide opportunities for women to create a successful future for their families.

Click through the slideshow below to discover ways to support women and girls all over the world.

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