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Time to let the women who’ve made a difference in your life know that you see them, be they your mom, aunt, sister, daughter or Beyoncé.
While any day is the right day to celebrate those who are changing our world for the better one show, one song, one poem, one business, one law or one life lesson at a time, International Women’s Day provides a dedicated moment on the calendar to pause, appreciate, learn and find out how to get involved.
And though social media will also be awash in shout-outs, stories and quotations meant to set your heart afire and get you thinking, we’ve compiled a starter list of women from all over the world whom you can just be grateful exist in our timeline.
Of course, a list of women currently effecting change—be it through targeted activism or their own life-affirming work as artists, writers, athletes, political leaders and entrepreneurs—is ever-evolving and could run on forever. It’s just that to have a selection ready for you by March 8, we had to stop typing at some point.
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So consider this a brief reminder that there are women out there tirelessly, fearlessly and unflappably doing their part to make the future more just, equitable, humane, compassionate and, yes, entertaining, because sometimes doing your part means watching Netflix and recharging to get up the next morning and do it all over again.
After all, what so many women have in common is that there’s usually someone—be it a child, parent, friend, boss, neighbor or pet—whose world is made better when they’re at their best.