The key to empowering women by @melindagates #internationalwomensday #IWD #NoCeilings #WomensDay @womensday

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Opinion: The key to empowering women – CNN.com.

Some people think International Women’s Day, which comes right in the middle of Women’s History Month, is overdoing it. If “underdoing it” were a phrase, it’s the one I would use. On most days in most months, most women and girls aren’t able to raise their voices. Because no one knows the challenges they face, they’re forced to face them on their own.

On International Women’s Day, however, we make a point of hearing the voices of every woman and girl. Today, we make sure that every woman and every girl counts — literally.

I’m talking about a project that combines two of my favorite topics: women’s empowerment and data. The media sometimes call Bill and me “data nerds.” I’m not sure they mean it as a compliment, but I wear it as a badge of pride anyway. Data is not boring. If you use it right, it tells the hidden stories of millions of women and girls.

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