On March 8, 2012, women (and men!) across the globe came together for International Women’s Day to celebrate achievements made by women and to inspire future action. First observed in the United States in 1909, International Women’s Day is now a national holiday in nearly 30 countries—including China, Afghanistan and Cuba.
TakePart gives you 10 images of women around the world. Whether world game changers or local health providers, these are women who, whether they wake up in the morning with that intention or not, are leading by example for a better humanity.
Above, three Nobel Peace Prize Winners—(L to R) Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee, human rights activist Tawakul Karman from Yemen and Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf—exemplify what puts the “whoa!” in woman.
Photo: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters