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The many reasons to celebrate International Women’s Day

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Today we are celebrating the International Women’s Day.  The theme this year is #BeBoldForChange as women and men all over the world are encouraged to help forge a more inclusive and gender equal working world.

"In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders."

- Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook

As an Australian there are many reasons to be proud of and celebrate this year's International Women's Day. We have seen some incredible scientific, social, economic and cultural achievements of Australian women recently. Read about the women breaking new ground as they capture climate change, lead the global quantum race, and create new lace from merino wool here.

We are also celebrating the Australian science super heroes who are wrestling galaxies, making aircraft sunscreen and investigating frogs. Read about these super heroes here.

The film industry is generally dominated by men. So when we see a talented Australian female director like Rachel Perkins whose latest film Jasper Jones has been globally praised, it gives us that kick of excitement. Jasper Jones features a stellar cast, has been shortlisted for several major awards and was filmed in beautiful Western Australian town Pemberton. Check out this video interview with Rachel to hear more about the film.

Finally, what better day than to mention WA Women’s Hall of Fame which acknowledges and celebrates a diverse set of achievements of Western Australian women? Read more here.

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