International Women’s Day is about celebrating women’s achievements while also accepting that we all have a role to play in creating a more gender-balanced world.

Here’s what notable leaders are saying about the topic:

Melinda Gates, Co-Founder, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

“On International Women’s Day, let’s remember: When women and girls are equal, everyone is greater.”

Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

“If you give an education to a girl, that’s how you’re changing her life and that’s how you’re also changing the world.”

Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway

“Fellow males, get onboard. The closer that America comes to fully employing the talents of all its citizens, the greater its output of goods and services will be.”

Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook

“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”

Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the US

“Let’s be very clear: Strong men – men who are truly role models – don’t need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful. People who are truly strong lift others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together.”

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

“We shouldn’t be afraid of the word ‘feminist’, men and women should use it to describe themselves.”

Indra Nooyi, Chair, PepsiCo

“At the end of the day, don’t forget that you are a person, don’t forget you are a mother, don’t forget you are a wife, don’t forget you are a daughter.”

Drew Gilpin Faust, former President, Harvard University

“I’m not the woman president of Harvard. I’m the president.”

Tian Wei, television host, CCTV’s World Vision with Tian Wei

“Any society that fails to harness the energy and creativity of its women is at a huge disadvantage in the modern world.”

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