8 of the most empowering celebrity messages on International Women's Day

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Millions of people around the world celebrated International Women's Day yesterday, 8 March, including numerous celebrities who shared empowering messages on their social media platforms promoting sisterhood, female strength and achievement.

The Duchess of Sussex visited Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham, East London, where she met with students to discuss how a local group of women in 1968 went on strike after they found out how much lower they were being paid than their male colleagues at Ford Motor Company. Two years later the UK Parliament was forced to pass the Equal Pay Act, protecting and supporting working women ever since.The Duchess talked to one of the original strikers, Geraldine Dear.

"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," she wrote in an Instagram caption. "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.”

Cara Delevingne highlighted how women are more likely to "experience violence, live in poverty, endure hunger and be out of school" than men. "It’s time to let the world know that every girl and woman has the right to be #EqualEverywhere," she wrote on Instagram.

Jennifer Lopez paid tribute to the great women in her life, from her mother to Shakira, with whom she performed at the Super Bowl earlier this year. She shared a gallery of pictures of herself with women who have inspired her, including Beyonce and Lady Gaga. "Strong women empower each other," she said.

Rihanna's luxury brand Fenty shared a quote from the superstar, which read: "Women are forces of this earth. We are multi-faceted, complex, vulnerable, yet bulletproof." Ashley Graham posted a picture of her during childbirth - a powerful example of strength, grit and determination.

"This is the face of my greatest strength," she captioned the image with. "The greatest pain I’ve ever known and the greatest accomplishment that I’ve ever achieved. On this International Women’s Day understand that despite whatever pain or trial we have all experienced as women, we are also strong, powerful and capable of accomplishing greatness. Happy International Women’s Day! Let’s all celebrate our, and each other’s strengths today."

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley celebrated the day by posting a poem by Nikita Gill, which talks about women not being defined by men. "You are your own story, blazing through the world, turning history into her story." She described the poem as "an ode to fearless women".

Rose McGowan, the first high-profile woman to come out against Harvey Weinstein, also shared words of empowerment. "For all the women out there fighting to be heard, keep going. You are the change. The power is within us," she wrote. A second Instagram post said, "Be your own superhero, but stand for all."

Donatella Versace created a montage of all the brilliant women she has worked with in recent years, writing: "This International Women's Day I want to celebrate all the great and inspiring women in my life. You all - in your own special way - stand up for Women's rights and you are all #POWERFUL!"

All over the world, women took to the streets as they marched for varying issues, from access to abortion to domestic abuse. Despite the coronavirus risks, thousands marched for gender equality with London's March4Women event drawing huge crowds.

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