March 8 marks the celebration of International Women's Day (IWD), a day we celebrate the economic, political, and social achievements of women in the past, present, and future.

Many working women have marked this day since the early 20th century to highlight their solidarity in the fight for equal, economical, and political rights with men.

IWD is now an official holiday in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.

For many men, it has now become tradition to honor their mothers, wives, sisters, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts to recognize their achievements.

The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women's and society's thoughts about women's equality and emancipation.

More women have entered the professional work force, have a right to vote, and have political and economical autonomy.

Nonetheless, despite what some may think, women around the world have not yet won the battle for equality.

Many women, especially in third world countries, still fight for the right to vote, for the right to be recognized as persons, for a right to equal pay, and for the right to attain political and economical freedom.