More Than Roses

As roses are handed out liberally today to mark International Women’s Day, the internet is also aflood with stories of women who know their work is far from finished. Among them: Ethiopian president Sahle-Work Zewde.

“Africa’s women are rising and it’s time the world took note,” Zewde wrote in a Financial Times op-ed. Rwanda boasts a 60% female parliament; in Namibia, South Africa, Senegal and Mozambique, that number is at least 40%.

Still, she notes, sub-Saharan Africa’s gender pay gap is the world’s largest. Take global health: A new report shows that men lead 7 in 10 such organizations, while their female employees receive 15% less pay than males.

Elsewhere, barrier-pushing women are taking center stage today, NPR reports—from the Balinese teen sisters who got the island to banish plastic bags; to Nadia Murad, the Yazidi woman who escaped ISIS and told her story to the world.

Even Air India is on board, marking the occasion with an all-female flight crew, NDTV reports.

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