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International Women’s Day is a day to recognize and celebrate women globally, in remembrance of the massive impact of women to the world and how they have paved the way for others for the modern world. It’s one day of the year that values what women bring to individual communities and to the world, collectively.

It has come a long time since the first observance of International Women’s Day, when 15,000 women marched around asking for social equality.

Motherhood runs in the blood of women, they are designed to care and teach and heal and lead. Without women, the world would stop turning and everyone would cease to exist.

A woman is a sister. She is the one you go to if you need someone to listen to you when you need it, she will always be there when you need a shoulder to cry on.

A woman is also a wife. It is said that behind every great man stands a woman. Without them for counsel and comfort, no man would stand great on his own.

For centuries, women were the leaders in a lot of countries and communities. One particular figure is the babaylan, an Oriental shaman who played almost every role in a community. They worshipped her for her excellence as a doctor, a spiritual leader, and a political leader. In those ancient times, the men held women with high regard for their almost supernatural abilities (bleeding every month without dying, and their deep spiritual connection to feelings—women are emotional in order to feel the divine energy at the highest levels and be supreme healers, lovers, and mothers).

Today, to celebrate International Women’s Day, toy companies like Mattel and the Barbie franchise have taken up the likeness of important historical women as their models for toys. And we cherish a recognition like this so that little girls grow up inspired by real great women.