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"Every year, March 8 is the date that most of the world celebrates International Women's Day.
Though the United Nations stipulates member states can observe it any day of the year, March 8 is chosen in many countries, including Canada, since that was when IWD in its modern incarnation was first held in 1975.
The day has its roots in the early 20th century, when labour movements first began to advocate for equal rights, such as pay, for women as they began to join the work force in greater numbers.
In 2014, the UN uses the occasion to "reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities."
To mark IWD in Canada, The Globe and Mail asked some of the country's most successful - and inspiring - women in politics, business and culture how they would celebrate what is still seen internationally as an important date to reflect on the rights of women in a world where that notion still varies wildly from state to state."...cont'd