On March 8, the world will celebrate International Women’s Day. Here are five women who are driving progress and inspiring change for girls and women around the world.


“When women participate in the economy, everyone benefits. When women participate in peace-making and peace-keeping, we are all safer and more secure. And when women participate in politics of their nations they can make a difference.”

– Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Women in the World Summit 2013



“We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”

-Malala Yousafzai, Malala Day, 2013



“Girls everywhere are strong, they are capable, and they will determine our future.  It is our responsibility to help them fulfill their dreams.”

– Angelica Fuentes, CEO, Philanthropist, and Girl Up Global Advocate



“A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult. It’s complicated by the fact that in most nations women receive substantially less education than men.”

-Melinda Gates, Powerful Voices Annual Luncheon 2003



“We should re-dedicate ourselves to ensuring that every girl is educated, healthy, skilled, and empowered. Investing in their today is investing in our tomorrow”

– UN Foundation President and CEO Kathy Calvin, International Women’s Day Speaking Tour, 2011


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