One hundred years ago, on the first International Women's Day, women around the world took to the streets to demand basic rights, including the right to vote, the right to equal wages, and the right to an education -- an issue that the foundation is deeply engaged in.
Today, as we honor those pioneers and celebrate a century of accomplishment, we should also look forward. In particular, we should ask ourselves: How can we build upon those accomplishments? What do we want our legacy to be one hundred years from now?
For me, the measure of our success will be determined by one thing in particular: the health of women and children.
On this International Women's Day, let us follow the example of the heroic women who came before us. Let us dream big dreams and make big plans. Let's work together to save the lives of mothers and children.
Here is my vision: within the next 100 years, but hopefully much sooner, women everywhere will have the knowledge and the power to save their lives, and the lives of their babies. Yes, it is ambitious -- but if we don't imagine it, we will never achieve it. Let us take our dreams and turn them into action; together, we will accomplish extraordinary things.
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