• Saman Munir: 'I will never force my daughter to wear a hijab'
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    Saman Munir: 'I will never force my daughter to wear a hijab'

    Saman inspires her more than half a million fans across the world to “Be Bold for Change” through her hijabi fashion blogging. When it comes time for her daughter to decide whether or not to wear the hijab, Saman says she would guide her, but never push it on her.

  • Samra Zafar: This is the face of a woman who survived an abusive marriage at 16
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    Samra Zafar: This is the face of a woman who survived an abusive marriage at 16

    Samra Zafar was bullied, beaten and abandoned in Canada with two young kids but — like her expression reveals — she was never, ever defeated.

  • Barack and Michelle Obama Share Inspiring Women’s Day Letter
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    Barack and Michelle Obama Share Inspiring Women’s Day Letter

    Former President Barack Obama, with Michelle Obama, shared a touching letter they received from a woman who was inspired by the former first lady. “When Michelle and I came back from vacation, we found this note from a woman named Sindhu waiting for us. In her letter, Sindhu wrote: “One day in Fall 1996, an idealistic 17-year old Indian girl was inspired while sitting in a chapel.

  • This was International Women's Day outside Parliament Hill
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    This was International Women's Day outside Parliament Hill

    The scene inside Parliament hill was quite optimistic on March 8. It’s been a century since the majority of Canadian women received the right to vote — and on Wednesday, in celebration of International Women’s Day, more than 338 young women representing each federal riding in Canada took a seat in a closed session at the House of Commons to highlight women’s suffrage.

  • Selmor Mtukudzi: 'Once a woman is empowered, the whole nation is empowered'
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    Selmor Mtukudzi: 'Once a woman is empowered, the whole nation is empowered'

    Musician, ONE activist and women's rights leader Selmor Mtukudz visited Canada on International Women's day to talk with MPs about the importance of girls education and the challenges they face worldwide. According to Selmor, education is the closest thing we have to end extreme poverty and yet 130 million girls around the world are currently without access to education. She spoke with MPs about why the government should double the development budget from $0.02 CAD/person to $0.04 CAD/person, in order to prioritize girls’ education.

  • Melania Trump Gets Standing Ovation at International Women’s Day Lunch
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    Melania Trump Gets Standing Ovation at International Women’s Day Lunch

    Melania and Ivanka Trump celebrated International Women’s Day on Wednesday by hosting an intimate lunch at the White House.

  • Is ‘A Day Without a Woman’ a Day of Privilege?
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    Is ‘A Day Without a Woman’ a Day of Privilege?

    An unidentified woman protester wearing a Nasty Woman T-shirt was arrested by New York Police during the “Day Without a Woman” on Wednesday. As in, check it, because not all women are able to join the International Women’s Day call to action from the Women’s March organizers — to strike “from paid and unpaid labor” — without consequence. First, a little herstory: International Women’s Day originated in the early 1900s, as a response to women demanding voting rights and equal pay (sound familiar?) in the workforce, and its importance soon intensified after the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in New York City in 1911 killed 140 working women.

  • People Are Upset With Snapchat’s Marie Curie, Frida Kahlo, and Rosa Parks Filters
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    People Are Upset With Snapchat’s Marie Curie, Frida Kahlo, and Rosa Parks Filters

    On Wednesday, Snapchat found itself in another controversy over its filters. The social media service, which caught flak for its Bob Marley filter last April, is now under fire due to its International Women’s Day overlays featuring historic figures, including pioneering scientist Marie Curie.

  • People aren't happy with Donald Trump's International Women's Day tweet
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    People aren't happy with Donald Trump's International Women's Day tweet

    While protesters were gearing up to march for women’s rights and gender equality on International Women’s Day, Donald Trump spent the morning sending out tweets.

  • ‘What Would Momma Do?’ — Letter to My Daughters on Strength and Beauty
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    ‘What Would Momma Do?’ — Letter to My Daughters on Strength and Beauty

    "My greatest wish for you, my daughters, is that as you grow into women who will love who you are in a way that makes not only you but your daughters and friends feel empowered in the same way."

  • 24 Empowering Books Every Feminist Needs to Read
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    24 Empowering Books Every Feminist Needs to Read

    Every woman has her own relationship to the word "feminist." For some, it's a no-brainer identification. For others, it's a bit thornier. If you believe that women are entitled to the same opportunities as men, you are, by standard definition, a feminist. And if you're interested in engaging more in feminist conversations, activism, and art, there's really no better time to get started than right now. (In the same way that January 1st is the perfect time to kick off a new fitness ro

  • Are Retailers Exploiting International Women’s Day by Urging You to Shop?
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    Are Retailers Exploiting International Women’s Day by Urging You to Shop?

    While millions of men and women across the world seize International Women’s Day as a chance to recognize the fight toward gender equality, retailers still have the bottom line in mind. Normally, that kind of exploitation wouldn’t ruffle feathers, but this year it directly contradicts a central goal to International Women’s Day’s “Day Without Women” strike. An email from KateSpade.com with the subject line “women empowering women” touted “on purpose” handbags, which consumers were then directed to on the Kate Spade site.

  • 'Strength, power and grit': Women are transforming sport
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    'Strength, power and grit': Women are transforming sport

    To celebrate International Women's Day, we asked athletes to share the challenges and inspirations that have shaped their journey.

  • The Hidden Meaning Behind Hillary Clinton’s Pantsuit
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    The Hidden Meaning Behind Hillary Clinton’s Pantsuit

    Hillary Clinton spoke on overcoming obstacles and supporting other women on Tuesday afternoon at the 2017 Girls Inc. New York luncheon in New York City. Hillary Clinton wore a red pantsuit to the 2017 Girls Inc. New York luncheon in New York City. For the speaking engagement, the former secretary of state wore a red pantsuit, which many associated with Clinton’s support of International Women’s Day 2017.

  • Live Updates: International Women's Day
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    Live Updates: International Women's Day

    International Women’s Day (IWD) has been observed since 1909, however in the wake of the January’s Women’s March on Washington — and around the world — 2017’s observance is more charged than ever. Follow along as Yahoo Style properties from the United States to Singapore and places in between report on what’s happening on March 8 in the ongoing fight for equality.

  • Celebs Who Will Strike on International Women’s Day
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    Celebs Who Will Strike on International Women’s Day

    Back on Jan. 21, the first day Trump was in office, women across the nation participated in a march protesting the president’s campaign promises on women’s rights. Because nothing was set in action just yet, women united in fear to demonstrate against the administration. Now the organizers behind the Women’s March on Washington are calling for “A Day Without a Woman” to be held on March 8, in honor of International Women’s Day. Women are encouraged to wear red in solidarity, not to engage in paid or unpaid work, and to avoid spending money. Check out which celebs will be observing the day.

  • Our Survey Shows How Women Feel in Trump’s America: Stressed, Motivated … and Happy
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    Our Survey Shows How Women Feel in Trump’s America: Stressed, Motivated … and Happy

    “Stressed” is the most common word that women use right now to describe how they feel as females in today’s world, according to the results of an exclusive new Yahoo survey. March 8 is International Women’s Day, and because our audience is pretty equally split down the center when it comes to politics, Yahoo Style + Beauty decided that instead of going on strike to support “A Day Without Women,” like many women’s websites,  we’d present the results of a survey of a nationally representative group of 650 American women of different ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities. Among the findings: Women are worried about finances (but not so much about equal pay), were basically behind the Women’s March (but say their community involvement has not changed that much since Donald Trump’s election), and have some very complicated feelings about the current state of feminism.

  • Meet Two of the Women Leading the Trump Resistance
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    Meet Two of the Women Leading the Trump Resistance

    Wednesday is International Women’s Day so Yahoo Style is highlighting a few of the powerful women who are living by the year’s IWD theme, #BeBoldForChange, which calls on women to help forge a more gender-inclusive world. Just a few weeks ago, Brooklyn-born Nelini Stamp, 29, an Occupy Wall Street alum and national membership director for the progressive Working Families Party, and Elizabeth Zeldin, 37, a mom of two and nonprofit housing worker with little activist background, didn’t know each other.

  • This Lady Gave Up Fashion for Female Reproductive Rights
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    This Lady Gave Up Fashion for Female Reproductive Rights

    Wednesday is International Women’s Day, so Yahoo Style is highlighting a few of the powerful women who are living by the year’s IWD theme, #BeBoldForChange, which calls on women to help forge a more gender inclusive world. Lindsay Rodriguez, 34, is from Austin, Texas, and is the coordinator of the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon. For Rodriguez, the real turning point came in 2011, when the conservative Texas state lawmakers approved legislation to defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers, resulting in the closing of more than 60 family planning clinics statewide.

  • 'I'm not a feminist, but...': Modern feminism from a teenager's perspective
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    'I'm not a feminist, but...': Modern feminism from a teenager's perspective

    Is feminism relevant to young people in 2017? Throughout history women have toiled for gender equality. Today we enjoy the spoils of great women who came before us. In schools, girls are outperforming boys and are more likely to get five decent GCSE’s. A third of young women go on to study at university, compared with just a quarter of men. Young people would be excused for believing the fight for equality is over. Our teens, all digital natives, have lived their entire lives surrounded by information. The internet is enhancing the movement for gender equality. ...

  • ‘We Will Not Back Down’: Women's Rights Activists Tell Us What’s Next
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    ‘We Will Not Back Down’: Women's Rights Activists Tell Us What’s Next

    “I’ve been addressing sexual assault through frank, open discussions in locker rooms around the country since 2014,” says Alexis Jones, founder of these nonprofit efforts to empower women and girls. “Now, three years later, we face the potential loss of Title IX, which holds colleges accountable by the government for their handling of sexual assault reports. “Since the Supreme Court rolled back key provisions of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, we have seen a concerted effort in many states to stop some voters from voting, or to make it much harder for them to participate,” says Chris Carson, League president.

  • Celebs Unite to Empower Women in #EmbraceAmbition Campaign
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    Celebs Unite to Empower Women in #EmbraceAmbition Campaign

    To honor International Women’s Day on March 8, designer Tory Burch, through her eponymous foundation, released an empowering, celeb-filled PSA announcing her newest initiative, #EmbraceAmbition. The PSA is filled with A-listers all sporting T-shirts with uplifting words such as “Strong,” “Powerful,” and “Ambitious.” Julianne Moore, Kerry Washington, Reese Witherspoon, and Gwyneth Paltrow are just a few of the celebs who are taking a stand along with Burch on human rights issues.

  • Why ‘T-Shirt Activism’ Is Bigger — and More Impactful — Than Ever
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    Why ‘T-Shirt Activism’ Is Bigger — and More Impactful — Than Ever

    Who among us has not glimpsed a woman, at least from afar, proudly wearing a “Nasty Woman” T-shirt? Or a “Pussy Grabs Back” shirt? Or any kind of tee that speaks to and with the public, using style and aesthetics to signal the wearer’s insistent lack of complacency about a range of sociopolitical policies? 

  • Sophie Grégoire Trudeau wants women to celebrate men on International Women’s Day
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    Sophie Grégoire Trudeau wants women to celebrate men on International Women’s Day

    It’s no surprise to anyone who follows her on social media, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau is an advocate for many things: eating disorder awareness, mental health initiatives and gender equality. This week, as we mark International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate the boys and men in our lives who encourage us to be who we truly are, who treat girls & women with respect, and who aren’t afraid to speak up in front of others. Take a picture holding hands with your male ally & share it on social media using the hashtag #TomorrowInHand.