March 8, 2012
“Today, we celebrate International Women’s Day by recognizing the achievements women have made as leaders in our communities and across the globe. Throughout history, women have played a vital role in securing the civil rights and liberties of all people, and though it is sometimes unfairly overlooked, we all continue to benefit from their commitment to a more just and equal society where women have the opportunity to reach their highest potential.
"Women everywhere continue to face numerous obstacles in achieving full political, economic, and social equality. But with the strides they’ve attained over the past century, crucial progress has and will continue to be made. We must all continue working toward a society where no person is denied their right to an education, access to healthcare, or economic opportunity because of their gender.
“As we celebrate today and during Women’s History Month this March, we have an opportunity to reaffirm our dedication to the advancement and empowerment of women worldwide. We also reiterate our commitment to leveling the playing field to ensure paths of leadership for women and girls are meaningfully paved.”