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International Women's Day: To the Next 100 Years

Posted: 03/ 8/2011 10:52 am

Today is International Women's Day, and this year, we have a century's worth of progress to look back on. Celebrated every year on March 8, starting back in 1911, IWD is a day to appreciate women whatever way you choose -- the modes of celebration differ from country to country, but the one constant the world over is that there's no lack of reasons to honor women.

We've invited some of our most influential women bloggers to reflect on the accomplishments and struggles facing women, politically, socially, and even personally. With a lineup that includes Queen Noor of Jordan, Valerie Plame Wilson, Ashley Judd, Marlo Thomas and Eve Ensler, the voices are as varied and impassioned as you'd expect -- from a Kenyan brothel to a psychiatrist's couch, these women have it just about all covered. What do you think is the most pressing issue facing women today? Join the discussion below.

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Arianna Huffington
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International Women's Day: Life (and Work) Lessons Every Woman Should Learn
This year's International Women's Day celebration is focused on work -- and making sure women across the world have access to the training and technology necessary to be a part of the global economy. The timing of this year's focus on women and the workplace is particularly resonant with me given yesterday's official closing of the merger between the Huffington Post and AOL. So I want to take this opportunity to mark International Women's Day and a great new chapter by writing about the woman who had the greatest impact on my life -- my mother. She brought me up to believe that there was nothing I should be afraid to try while at the same time making it clear that she would love me not one iota less if I failed. Her advice, wisdom, constructive criticism, and unconditional loving have been the foundation of my existence.
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