Many reasons for all to celebrate ‘International Women’s Day 2014’

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Nations across the world continue the celebration of International Women’s Day this year on March 8.

Daily wage laborer Jina Boro, 35, collects latex tapped from a rubber tree at a rubber farm in Hatikhuli village, about 35 kilometers (22 miles) east of Gauhati, India, Friday, March 7, 2014. International Women's Day will be marked on March 8. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
Daily wage laborer Jina Boro, 35, collects latex tapped from a rubber tree at a rubber farm in Hatikhuli village, about 35 kilometers (22 miles) east of Gauhati, India, Friday, March 7, 2014. International Women’s Day will be marked on March 8. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900s as a way of celebrating the achievements made so far in gender equality and empowerment.

There are many reasons that the international community should be celebrating women in 2014.

“Women are making huge strides as leaders, innovators and money-earners,” said Moira Forbes in a recent articles on Forbes.com. “In fact, we are breaking new ground in every industry and closing, albeit slowly, the infamous wage gap every year.”

This year statistics have come out saying more women are enrolling in majors that have large earning potential, such as business and the sciences.

“Women continue to lag far behind men enrolling in fields of study with major earning potential, such as technology and finance,” Forbes continued in a recent article on Forbes.com. “But this past fall at Berkeley, more female students enrolled in an introductory computer science class than male students.”

Organizations around the world are working year round to help women achieve their goals, including programs like The Girl Declaration and The Global Fund for Children.

“Girls around the world are now receiving the attention and recognition they deserve, thanks to groundbreaking projects (like The Girl Declaration) that amplify their voices and concerns,” said Victoria Dunning in an article posted on Huffingtonpost.com. “But more work must be done to break down social and cultural norms — such as child marriage, trafficking and limited educational opportunities that prevent girls from growing into strong women.”

While there is still a good amount of work to be done in helping women around the world achieve empowerment and equality, women can celebrate March 8 knowing there is significant progress being made for the future.

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