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What there is to celebrate on International Women's Day

There is work to be done but today let's take a break and celebrate all the great things that have happened for women lately.

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Today marks International Women's Day and this year marks 125 years of women's suffrage in New Zealand.

The world that our daughters are growing up in is very different to world that we grew up in, and ours was different again to the world our grandmothers grew up in. Progress in gender equality has been made.

Yet three quarters of Kiwi women and half of Kiwi men still believe we live in a man's world, and it's predicted that pay parity won't exist globally until 2186 - in 168 years' time.

There is much work to be done, and that's just in the area of pay parity.

There are triumphs to be celebrated too, though, and in this video we take a look at some of the incredible inroads that women have made - from women in Saudi Arabia being finally given the right to drive, to the momentum that continues to grow with the #Metoo campaign and Time's Up movement. The strength of conviction in those who have spoken up - and continue to speak up - about gender equality, equal pay rights, domestic violence and human rights is powerful.

We hear from Kiwi role models Kerre McIvor, Jules and Lynda Topp, Toni Street, Helen Clark and Jacinda Ardern and the minister for women, Julie Anne Genter as well as international names including Michelle Obama, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Malala Yousafzai and Nicole Kidman.

Happy International Women's Day!