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Nicole Kidman, Kelly Ripa & More Stars Celebrate International Women’s Day

Get ready for some serious femspiration! Stars took to social media in an empowering show of support for International Women’s Day (IWD) — from honoring the women who’ve personally motivated them or made their lives better to championing for gender equality stars spent their International Women’s Day lifting women up.

According to the official IWD website, this global day exists to celebrate the “social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.” At the same time, it serves as a call to action — by raising awareness about issues women still face, the hope is that we can work to close the gap in gender equality. Although not officially recognized until 1911, IWD dates back to 1908, when 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. The day has since grown in status to include everything from marches and rallies to parades and performances. These are taking place around the globe and, yep, that includes a strong Hollywood presence.

Here are some of the ways your favorite celebs (women and men) celebrated International Women’s Day. To all of the incredible women who came before us, those who’ll come after us and those who walk among us — here’s to you.

Nicole Kidman

Dwayne Johnson

Kerry Washington

Barack Obama

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55 years ago, in Selma, Alabama, John Lewis and Amelia Boynton Robinson were two of the many civil rights organizers who were beaten for the simple act of attempting to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge. In 2015, Michelle and I, along with Michelle’s mother and our girls – three generations, hand-in-hand – joined these heroes to walk the path that they had paved. The story of Selma is quintessentially American – it’s the story of ordinary people coming together to shape our nation’s course because they believed in the simple idea that people who love their country can change it. Today, the march goes on. But the way forward is a little easier, thanks to all those who came before us, who sacrificed everything for the foundation stone of democracy – the right to vote. Now it’s up to us to honor their legacy by protecting and exercising that precious right, knowing that the work of perfecting our union is never done.

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Kate Upton

Supermodel Kate Upton shared two photos showing some of the most special ladies in her life: her daughter, Genevieve, and her mom and sisters. She captioned the pics with an iconic quote: “Here’s to the strong women. May we know them. May be them. May we raise them.”

Shania Twain

Shania Twain wished fans and followers a happy International Women’s Day using a few words from her famous hit “Man! I Feel Like a Woman.” In a short video, the country music legend traced, “Let’s go girls” into the sand of some sunny beach.

Meghan Markle

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50 years ago, women in Britain won the right to equal pay. That monumental moment began with one courageous and inspiring group of women in a factory in Dagenham, England. In 1968, facing a pay settlement that declared them less skilled than men, the sewing machinists of the Ford Motor Company walked out on strike. In the face of great pressure, they stood firm, and two years later the UK Parliament was forced to pass the Equal Pay Act, protecting and supporting working women ever since. To mark International Women’s Day, The Duchess of Sussex visited Dagenham to meet with Geraldine Dear, one of the strikers, and spend time with students at the Robert Clack Upper School to meet the town’s next generation of female role models, and talk to young women and men about the women who inspire them. • “Being in Dagenham is incredibly profound. Because as you can see with Geraldine and the other women who had the strength to really stand up for something that they knew needed to be done. This is the best example of no matter how small you might feel, how low you may feel on the ladder or the totem pole, no matter what colour you are, no matter what gender you are, you have a voice, and you certainly have the right to speak up for what is right.” – The Duchess of Sussex A lifetime advocate and campaigner for gender equity, The Duchess joined a special assembly to celebrate this remarkable local story, as well as recognise the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of all women around the world. #InternationalWomensDay #IWD2020 #EachForEqual Photo © The Duke and Duchess of Sussex / Chris Allerton

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In honor of International Women’s Day, the Duchess of Sussex shared a stirring speech she made at Robert Clark School in Dagenham, England, on Friday. In addition to touching on important issues like gender equality, Meghan also took time to speak to young female students (who were clearly overjoyed to meet one of their she-roes).

Gisele Bündchen

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Much gratitude and respect for all the women who paved the way, so we could be here today working, voting and having a voice. Through their strength, courage and love they continue transforming the world and making it a better place for the next generations to come. Today and every day, I celebrate women. Let’s support and lift each other up! We are stronger when we are together. Happy women’s day! ❤️❤️❤️ Muita gratidão e respeito por todas as mulheres que abriram o caminho para que pudéssemos estar aqui hoje trabalhando, votando e tendo uma voz. Através de sua força, coragem e amor, elas continuam transformando o mundo e tornando-o um lugar melhor para as próximas gerações. Hoje e todos os dias, celebro as mulheres. Vamos apoiar e levantar umas às outras! Somos mais fortes quando estamos juntas. Feliz dia das mulheres!

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In a series of sweet photos, Gisele Bündchen captured how much women mean in her own life. “Much gratitude and respect for all the women who paved the way, so we could be here today working, voting and having a voice. Through their strength, courage and love they continue transforming the world and making it a better place for the next generations to come,” she captioned the pictures, adding. “Today and every day, I celebrate women. Let’s support and lift each other up! We are stronger when we are together.”

Lauren Conrad

ICYMI, Lauren Conrad and friend Hannah Skvarla co-founded The Little Market in 2012, a non-profit fair trade shop featuring ethically sourced, artisan-made products. Founded by women to empower women, it encourages more conscientious consumerism. So, it’s only fitting that Conrad and Skvarla hosted their Third Annual International Women’s Day Event at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in California over the weekend.

Taylor Swift

Swifties are getting a major dose of female empowerment today! For her IWD tribute, Taylor Swift filled her Apple Music playlist entirely to songs she’s “loving right now” by female artists and brands. “Let’s all celebrate together by honoring the women in our lives and the women out there pushing things forward,” she tweeted.

David Beckham

“I’m so lucky to be surrounded by amazing and strong women as we celebrate International Women’s Day,” David Beckham captioned a series of super-sweet photos showing his wife Victoria Beckham, their daughter Harper and his mom.

Rita Ora

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Be a lady they said. Don’t talk too loud. Don’t talk too much. Don’t take up space. Don’t sit like that. Don’t stand like that. Don’t be intimidating. Today is International Women’s Day. For years I’ve questioned, is what I’m doing ok? Am I doing too much, am I too naked? who cares?? But I care! No I don’t, yes I do! The back and forth would kill me! I’ve worked so hard to be proud of my choices and sacrifices I make every day to be here today and be who I am. I can only imagine decisions made by women, mothers, sisters, aunties, women CEO’s, grandmothers, godmothers, godsisters, foster mothers, foster sisters, any role any woman takes on in life! So today I stand for all of you who are proud of who you are, what you’ve done in your past, present and future! Here’s to creating your own legacy. Here’s to us. Love yours forever, Rita Quote from @girls.girls.girls.magazine by #CamilleRainville #Internationalwomensday #internationalwomensday2020 #IWD #IWD2020 📸@ronanpark

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For Rita Ora, International Women’s Day was an opportunity to reflect on the contribution of so many women in her life — and to honor those contributions. After admitting how conflicted she’s felt over the years in becoming a confident, successful woman, she nodded to the females who helped her get to where she is now.

“I can only imagine decisions made by women, mothers, sisters, aunties, women CEO’s, grandmothers, godmothers, godsisters, foster mothers, foster sisters, any role any woman takes on in life! So today I stand for all of you who are proud of who you are, what you’ve done in your past, present and future!” she said, adding, “Here’s to creating your own legacy. Here’s to us.”

Kelly Ripa

When you’re blessed with a “fierce woman” for a daughter, you want to shout it out from the rooftops every day. Kelly Ripa did just that on IWD, sharing three stunning photos of her 18-year-old, Lola Consuelos. The Live with Kelly and Ryan host also gave a shout-out to “all my sisters around the world.”

Laura Dern

Big Little Lies star Laura Dern shared a video she took part in for Pomellato jewelry’s Pomellato for Women sisterhood initiative — a communication platform of like-minded women from varied backgrounds, ages, disciplines and more meant to inspire with positive examples of female leadership. “We all have the power to change the future,” Dern captioned her post.

Jameela Jamil

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This international women’s day, if you do not have a medical condition that requires you to monitor your weight, please THROW OUT YOUR SCALE. Do not be imprisoned by numbers that dictate your mood and worth for the day every morning. Your value cannot be measured on a scale. You deserve so much better than this. I threw mine out two years ago and reclaimed my autonomy. I thought weighing myself helped me control my life, but it controlled me, and stole so much joy and spontaneity from me. It’s not worth it. It changes nothing. It’s bad for your mental health. Head to @i_weigh to join my movement of people DONE with being reduced to how little space we take up in this world… love you. I know this is hard but I’m in it with you. ❤️

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Actress and activist Jameela Jamil took to Instagram on Sunday to encourage women to become more body-neutral. “This International Women’s Day, if you do not have a medical condition that requires you to monitor your weight, please THROW OUT YOUR SCALE,” the Good Place star said. “Do not be imprisoned by numbers that dictate your mood and worth for the day every morning. Your value cannot be measured on a scale.”

Alicia Keys

You can always count on Alicia Keys to spread love and light, right? The singer took to Twitter to empower women, writing, “Proud to celebrate & uplift my amazing, powerful brilliant sisters EVERYDAY!!!! Keep being unstoppable!!!”

Billy Ray Cyrus

In a show of solidarity, Billy Ray Cyrus shared a snapshot of his wife and daughters when they attended the March for Our Lives gun violence prevention rally. His simple caption? “My girls. Happy #InternationalWomensDay!”

Caitriona Balfe

Want to know what inspires Outlander star Caitriona Balfe? She gave a little insight on Sunday. “64-year-old becomes oldest woman to row across Atlantic Ocean #InternationalWomensDay,” she tweeted, along with an article about rower Sara Brewer’s accomplishment.

Paula Abdul

She’s a legend for a reason, y’all! Paula Abdul emphasized on IWD that our difference ultimately make us stronger. “This is my boss lady, power look,” she captioned a photo of herself, continuing, “We all have our own different power looks. Those differences make us unique and beautiful. Today and every day we celebrate the power of women. We run the world!”

Hillary Clinton

Quoting her iconic 1995 United Nations speech, Hillary Clinton wrote on Instagram, “On #InternationalWomensDay and every day, let’s say out loud once more that women’s rights are human rights — and no administration, political party, court, legislature, or biased attitudes can change that.”

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