Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Marks 100th Year of International Women’s Day

With a longstanding interest in women’s issues, it is fitting that Hillary Rodham Clinton will honor the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day on March 8 with a series of talks and events.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the secretary, the week-long series of events (March 7-11) will highlight the achievements and aspirations of women around the globe.

In Washington, D.C., Secretary Clinton will speak at the start of the “100 Women Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls through International Exchanges.” She will host the 2011 International Women of Courage Awards Ceremony with guest First Lady Michelle Obama. She will deliver remarks at the launch of a new maternal and child health initiative between USAID, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the governments of Norway, Grand Challenges Canada, and the World Bank. Finally, in New York City, Secretary Clinton will deliver remarks to the 2011 Women of the World Summit.

Why International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day has been observed by the United Nations since 1975. The celebration is aimed at recognizing the role women play in bolstering international peace and security.

To play that role well, women need the ability to actively participate in their society, to enjoy equality, and to develop to their full potential. Throughout March, events are held around the world to help promote these values and honor women’s economic, political, and social achievements.

Women Walk the Walk through Nonprofits

Nonprofits working to improve lives around the world rely heavily on women. At SOS Children’s Villages, an organization that raises orphaned and vulnerable children in 132 countries, family-based care revolves around the love and warmth of mothers.

Local women who love children and receive professional training in child development and psychology are the bedrock of SOS programs.

Raising children who have been traumatized by poverty, abuse, war, or natural disaster is challenging. SOS Mothers have the passion, patience, and grit needed to help such children become productive and loving adults.

As International Women’s Day approaches, pay tribute to the hard work that women do to make the world a better place. To learn more, see


For more Care2 coverage of International Women’s Day, click here.


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Photo courtesy of SOS Children's Village
Written by Kyna Rubin of SOS Children's Village


Finica Daniel Radu

She's completely full of lies.

Lia Woodard
Lia Woodard6 years ago

The world will be a happier place when the women are happy !!!

Syed Ali Abbas6 years ago

I am a Muslim and in Islam we respect our Women in all matters specially regarding Islam it is stated that"Heaven is under the feet of your mother". So this we Muslims beleive and advise for Women's Day.

Bryan S.
Bryan S6 years ago

Happy Women's Day!

Lia Woodard
Lia Woodard6 years ago

We Women, deserve it !

Geoffrey Y.
Geoffrey Y6 years ago

A story to share today. "When I was a kid, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage, and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his Biscuit, smile at my mom and ask me how my day was at school.

I don't remember what I told him that night, but I do remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I'll never forget what he said: "Honey, I love burned biscuits."

Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, "Your momma put in a long hard day at work today and she's real tired. And besides... a burnt biscuit never hurt anyone!"

You know, life is full of imperfect things... and imperfect people. I'm not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. What I've learned over the years is that learning to accept each others faults and choosing to celebrate each others differences, is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.

So...please pass me a biscuit. And yes, the burned one will do just fine! And please pass this along to someone who has enriched your life... I just did!"

Olivia Schlosser
Past Member 6 years ago

Am personally disappointed in Hillary's performance so far.Happy Women's Day sisters.

anne C.
anne C6 years ago

Hillary doesn't speak up for human rights violations against women in Middle East islamic countries..not a WORD about the stonings, child marriage,honor killings of women..useless!.

Yvonne C.
Von D6 years ago

Not a single one of these high powered women has done anything to stop the invasive legislation running rampant right now. Not a single word to curtail the slew of anti- women, anti-abortion, anti-freedom crap being thrown about.

PJ Granieri
.6 years ago

Women's Day, really !!! Then do something up there on the hill and save my uterus an whatever I want to do with it, take it out for that matter...womens day means nothing when a bunch of sexless men want to take over my vagina an who an what goes in an comes out. But won't take over healthcare an defund planned parenthood if a man gives me an std or a child...WOMENS DAY WHAT IS THAT...I THOUGHT WE HAD CHOICES THESE DAYS WHEN WE HAVE THEM AGAIN CALL ME HILLARY !!!