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Two local groups want to make sure women are celebrated on their day, which is today, and planned a two-day program to do it.

International Women’s Day recognizes the achievements of women, without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women, said the United Nations, which began celebrating the day on March 8 in 1975.

But the yearly observation dates further back, when International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labor movements at the turn of the 20th century in North America and across Europe, the website for the day said.

In Madera, the Friends of the Madera County Library and the American Association of University Women held the first part of International Women’s Day 2014, an event that featured talks, dance, music, poems and food in the Madera County Library, on Friday. Today, the organizations are set to do the same, but at the United Methodist Church, 500 Sunset Ave...


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