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Agnes Igoye celebrates her birthday on International Women's Day. Above, Igoye, an anti-trafficking activist in Uganda, attends the 2016 DVF (Diane von Furstenberg) Awards in New York City. Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images hide caption

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From left, Zainabu Hamayaji, who pretended to be mad to keep her children from being abducted by Boko Haram; Malebogo Malefhe, a winner of the 2017 International Women of Courage award; Eqbal Dauqan, a scientist from Yemen who could no longer work because of the conflict but then found a way to continue her career as a refugee. Ofeibea Quist-Arcton/NPR, Ryan Eskalis/NPR, Sanjit Das for NPR hide caption

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For 45 years, Susan B. Anthony traveled the U.S. relentlessly, stumping for women's rights. She endured ridicule, was hanged in effigy and faced many horrid meals on the road. Nevertheless, she persisted. Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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Centenarian Man Kaur of India celebrates after competing in the 100-meter sprint in the 100+ age category at an international event in Auckland on April 24, 2017. Michael Bradley /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mimosa cake is made of layers of sponge cake brushed with citrus liqueur and liberally spread with pastry cream, then topped with small cubes of even more sponge cake that are meant to mimic the small blooms of the mimosa flower. It's the taste of the Festa della Donna, an Italian holiday when women of all ages leave the menfolk behind to celebrate each other. GiuseppeParisi/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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The call for female workers to strike Wednesday comes on International Women's Day, which helped to inspire the strike and follows the Women's March in January. John Locher/AP hide caption

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Female Workers Asked To Join In 'A Day Without A Woman' Protests

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Mother and daughter at a Woman's Day festival in Durbar Square, Kathmandu. On the day of the festival, people pay homage to their mothers and perform rituals in temples or by the river. Yellow Street Photos/Getty Images/Lonely Planet Images hide caption

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