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Ruby Wax, Karren Brady and Rachel Elnaugh Amongst Speakers at International Women’s Day

8th March 2011

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, some of the world’s most inspirational and influential women will be taking the stage at various venues throughout the UK to convey their messages of determination and achievement.

The notable list of participants includes Ruby Wax, Karren Brady and Rachel Elnaugh, all taking on their role as speakers to rouse and energize women throughout the country to follow their dreams.

The events held by businesses, educational institutions and charities will draw together an array of senior women from the world of business, sport and media.

Other top-notch UK speakers include Dr Kim Winser OBE, Chairman of Agent Provocateur and special adviser to 3i, Sarah Outen, author and adventurer, Karen Mattison, Kanya King and Kavita Oberoi.

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women. In some countries like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women's Day is a national holiday.

The new millennium has witnessed a significant change in both women's and society's thoughts about women's equality and emancipation.

With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women's visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, some believe that women have gained true equality.

The fact remains that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women's education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.

However, there are female astronauts and prime ministers, so the tone and nature of IWD has shifted from being a reminder about the negatives to a celebration of the positives.

On IWD a global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world who come together to make a difference.

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