3.8 IntlWomensDay

The celebration of the 106th International Women’s Day this Saturday, March 8, is more than just a day to pay homage to the incredible strides and successes by women – it’s a time of great optimism for women all across the world.

In the United States, women are in more key positions than ever, holding the top jobs in major companies from Yahoo! to Hewlett-Packard. A female executive is in charge of each of the three biggest contractors – Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and BAE. In December, General Motors named Mary Barra as its new CEO, making her the first female chief of the world’s largest automaker.

Politically, women are more powerful than ever on Capitol Hill, and women are thriving in the military as well. Also, in December, Michelle Howard was promoted to the rank of admiral in the Navy, becoming the highest ranking woman in U.S. Naval history.

It was also a record-breaking year for women on the Forbes’ billionaires list, with the 172 women on the list representing a 60 percent jump in just two years.

International Women’s Day celebrations are held across the globe, with about 400 events in the UK alone. Australia, Canada and India also have dozens of events to honor women on Saturday.

Western Union is proud to join to celebrate the tremendous accomplishments of women everywhere.

Western Union’s UK team highlighted some working women at Western Union around the globe. You can read more here.

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