They are the leaders, business heads, fashionistas and movie stars and they have come a long way since March 19, 1911 when the first IWD was celebrated in Germany following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America.

With rapid industrialization and economic expansion towards the turn of the 20th century, there was a unified voice demanding improved working conditions and equal political and human rights for women.

However, it was only during the 1970s, as the international feminist movement started to gain momentum, that United Nations General Assembly declared 1975 as the International Women's Year and organized the first World Conference on Women, held in Mexico City.

Despite all the measures undertaken to prevent gender discrimination and forge equal rights, gender-based violence and conflicts have continued throughout the ages.

For the 100th anniversary of the International Women's Day, President Barack Obama proclaimed March 2011 to be Women's History Month stating that there is still work to be done before women achieve true parity.

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Take a look at our list of 10 most influential women across the globe who have, through their constant efforts and dedication, set new milestones for the world to tread on.