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I’m grateful for International Women’s Day.

I’m grateful that its theme this year is to celebrate progress — 101 years after this annual day of celebration began, in Europe.

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While women still lag behind men all over the world — in income in industrial nations and in basic human rights everywhere — their voices grow stronger.

I am thankful for women risking their lives in Syria, Iran, North Korea and other brutal regimes, for the rights of freedom and peace.

I am thankful for women struggling from Bangladesh to Burma to protect their children, feed their families, and help their communities thrive.

I’m grateful for women everywhere who struggle to help the most vulnerable, who heal the sick, comfort the lonely and frightened, feed the hungry, and work for peace.

The strength of such women inspires me.  They keep me hopeful, especially when this country is bristling again with fearful talk of war.