International Women's Day, 12 March 1977.
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By Valentina Zarya
March 8, 2016

March 8th is International Women’s Day: A day to celebrate women—and to talk about the work that still needs to be done to reach gender equality.

That’s a big topic, so we at Fortune narrowed it all down to five things that our readers, most of whom are, or aspire to become, business leaders, should know. From the number of female CEOs in the Fortune 500 to how long it will take us to close the gender wage gap, here’s what we believe every businessperson should keep in mind as we celebrate the progress we’ve made and measure how much further we have to go.

Read more about women on corporate boards, the wage gap, and how having women in senior leadership increases company profits.

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