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"Aunties really do make the world go round," writes a Twitter user. 

International Women's Day is a holiday celebrated around the globe. It was created to honor the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. For some, it also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.

This year's campaign theme is #EachforEqual. 

In Indigenous communities, there are no shortage of matriarchs leading their communities to make them a better place. 

Every day women in Indian Country are vocal about issues in their communities and passionate about changing things. They are doctors, scientists, athletes, mothers, lawyers and policy makers. 

Today and every day, we celebrate these hard-working, passionate and inspirational women. 

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June Purdue, Alutiiq, holds up banded strands that will attach to the back of a close-fitting beaded cap, a replica of a headdress collected by a French explorer in the 1800s. When the original is returned to a French museum, the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak will have the replica.
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Ryneldi Becenti (Navajo) was one of the first Native American women to play in the WNBA.

Ryneldi Becenti (Navajo) was one of the first Native American women to play in the WNBA.

Women's March 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jourdan Bennett-Begaye)
Nicolle Gonzales, a Navajo nurse midwife and the founder and executive director of Changing Woman Initiative, poses for a photo at an Indigenous doula training in Window Rock, Arizona, on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. She believes it’s important to have a safe space for Native women to talk about the health problems they face. “The things that women experience, we don’t always talk about,” she said. “For me, holding a space and creating a space allows women to have those conversations, but also to heal and to build collaboration and support beyond this training.” (Photo by Delia Johnson, Cronkite News)
Abigail Echo-Hawk, Pawnee, received one of the two Woman of the Year Awards at the 25th National Indian Women’s “Supporting Each Other” Honoring Lunch in Washington, D.C. She is the Chief Research Officer for the Seattle Indian Health Board. (Photo by Jourdan Bennett-Begaye)
Ashton Locklear, 18, is one of America’s leading gymnasts. Now, she is in San Jose, California for the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Olympic Team Trials July 8 and 10, one step closer to achieving her lifelong dream: A spot on the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team.

Ashton Locklear, 18, is one of America’s leading gymnasts. Now, she is in San Jose, California for the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Olympic Team Trials July 8 and 10, one step closer to achieving her lifelong dream: A spot on the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team.

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