On March 8, people around the world observed International Women's Day — a day to commemorate the struggle for women's rights and celebrate the political, social, economic and cultural achievements of women throughout history.
Online, Wednesday's Google Doodle featured a litany of female firsts: the first Turkish woman to compete in the Olympics; the world's first computer programmer; Korea's first female judge; Egypt's first female pilot; the first woman in space; and others.
On the ground, International Women's Day sees thousands of conferences, gatherings, rallies, exhibitions, festivals and more each year. Although International Women's Day was only adopted by the United Nations in 1975, it was marked for the first time in New York in the early 1900s.
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