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International Women's Day: Striking images and quotes

Many of you have taken to social media to celebrate International Women's Day, using it as an opportunity to thank the women in your life and send empowering messages.

#InternationalWomensDay has been the most tweeted hashtag for most of the day on Twitter. Here is a look at some of the most striking images and quotes.

Many organisations took the opportunity to thank their female workforce:

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Malala Yousafzai was celebrated, having become a powerful role model for young women after she showed huge courage in demanding an education while living under Taliban rule in Pakistan.

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Oxford's Bodleian Library tweeted an image from an old board game - Suffragetto - to remind us of the women in Britain who began the campaign over a century ago to improve the rights and conditions for women.

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Many sent empowering messages to women around the world:

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This picture of various "Wonder Women" was popular on Twitter. This tweet was sent by Venezuelan footballer Fernando Gabriel Amorebieta who is currently playing for London club Fulham:

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What is International Women's Day?

International Women's Day has been held on 8 March every year since 1913, and has been recognised by the United Nations since 1975.

The UN says it's a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

The theme of this year's day is "Planet 50-50 by 2030" - aiming to achieve global equality in areas such as education and end all forms of discrimination.

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The ladies team of Everton football club in north-west England had a message for all the women of Liverpool and Merseyside:

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And English rail operator Northern Rail used the opportunity to prove trains are not just for the boys:

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