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Published March 08, 2011, 04:02 PM

International Women's Day celebrates women and the push for equality

Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Today is International Women's Day, a day to celebrate women and to push for equality. In the metro, it was an chance to learn about other women, and reflect on the opportunities some of us take for granted.

Cultural flare welcomed International Women's Day on MSUM's campus. While the day was about celebration, some women at the university know all too well the injustices going on around the globe, from the violent to the less apparent.

LINDA FUSELIER - Director, MSUM Women's Studies: "The ceiling, where women can only go so far and they aren't able to take a part in politics to any sort of significant degree."

According to the campaign for International Women's Day, women do 2/3 of the workload worldwide, yet only earn 10% of the income and own a mere 1% of the property. Inequalities still permeate the United States, including academia.

LINDA: "Even the women don't realize, but they get less research space, they are on more committees, they teach larger classes."

Yet women still thrive. Doctor Susan Mathison is flourishing in medicine and the even more male dominated fields of surgery and business. She's using her gender as an advantage.

DR. SUSAN MATHISON - Owner, Catalyst Medical Center: "Sometimes we're perceived as better listeners, perhaps better communicators.”

But like many women, she still struggles to find the balance.

SUSAN: "I'm a wife, I'm a mother, I'm a doctor, and I'm a business owner, and so basically I have 3-and-a-half full time jobs."

As women forge ahead to bring more awareness about ongoing inequalities, others are leading by example, inspiring the girls of today to be the glass shattering women of tomorrow. Today was the 100th annual International Women's Day. It was celebrated in 25 different countries.