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Who run the world? Girls.

Not that you need an excuse, but if there were ever a day to bust out Beyonce’s female empowerment anthem, it’s International Women’s Day, March 8.

Even today’s Google Doodle is commemorating the event, which honors women and is now celebrated in dozens of countries including the USA:

Robby Anderson Mugshot

IWD was established to acknowledge and champion the advancement of women in the working world, but its focus has also expanded over the years.

The day is now utilized to draw attention to poor working conditions and low wages among women who haven’t had enough advancement opportunity.


Today, the day has more international appeal with women joining together to spotlight issues of inequality and access to opportunity all over the world.

International Women’s Day is an official holiday in the following nations:

Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.

So if you’re a guy, make the women in your life feel extra special today. And if you are a woman, take the advice of Parks & Rec‘s Tom Haverford to heart.

And #treatyoself.