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WTA Celebrates International Women's Day

Saturday is International Women's Day, a global celebration of the achievements of women past, present and future.

Published March 07, 2014 12:14

WTA Celebrates International Women's Day
Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams

International Women's Day is held every year on March 8 to celebrate the social, economic and political achievements made by and for women throughout history.

The day's origins date back to 1909, when the Socialist Party of America held a National Woman's Day to help support the battle against oppression and inequality. Two years later, International Women's Day was marked for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, and a century later it is now celebrated across the globe.

While the original focus was a movement towards gender equality and women's suffrage, the day has since evolved to become more than that.

It has become a day to celebrate women - their achievements and successes - as well as bring awareness to the progressions they have managed to accomplish thus far.

Fittingly, as the world's leading governing body for women's sport the WTA, and its international constellation of stars have been vocal supporters down the years. It has also played an integral role in the successful battle for equal prize money and widening the reach of the professional game, which this year will see 2,500 players, representing 92 countries, compete for $118 million in prize money at 54 events in 33 countries.

Stay tuned to wtatennis.com to hear what some of the game's leading lights have to say about this special day, and for more information, visit www.internationalwomensday.com.

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