A Day to Celebrate our Wonderwomen

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International Women's Day is held annually on March 8 to celebrate women's achievements throughout history and across nations. It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women's Rights and International Peace. 

This year on International Women's Day, FIFPRO World Players' Union announced their Women's World XI Award Winners. This is the third year that they have racked and stacked the leading all-star female soccer players from around the world. What makes this list even more unique is the fact that more than 4,100 female first-division footballers in 45 countries voted for the World XI based on 2017 performances.

 Photo: FIFPRO

Photo: FIFPRO

While the list of award winners is obviously star studded, what makes these women so special, isn't just what they hope to accomplish on the field, but want they want for the next generation. You can feel their passion from the words they speak.

International Women’s Day is such an important day to celebrate the progress we’ve made while continuing to raise awareness about the progress that is still to come...I’m always going to fight to support women in their careers and the path they’ve chosen...Who’s really going to reap the benefits of it? It’s the next generation, not us. We know deep down that in 10 or 20 years it’s going to be so much better. There is going to be much more equality. I feel like you have to put in the work in as much or more as the generation before you to help the generation after you.
— Alex Morgan
We should not need International Women’s Day, actually. This day is for celebrating women, but I am hoping that in the future it won’t be necessary any more.
— Nilla Fischer
Unfortunately, in Brazil there is still a cultural problem where men’s football dominates. I have been in the women’s national team for 17 years and there is a better structure. We have opened doors for women in football. We have had a women as coach and women in the medical department. But it is a battle that has to be fought day by day. We have to stay united to fight this battle together.
— Marta

While we still have more to do to ensure full equality for the next generation, let's take this day to celebrate just how far women have come and those who got us here. 

Happy International Women's Day!