Nicole Kidman, Michelle Obama, Pink and More Stars Celebrate International Women's Day With Inspiring Posts

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Sunday marked International Women's Day, and many celebs took to social media to celebrate the occasion, and share inspiring messages about the significance of the day and the women in their lives.

The commemorative occasion -- which highlights the ongoing fight for women's rights and the battle for equality -- was championed by both famous women and men as they shared their support for the cause.

Nicole Kidman was one of the A-list movie stars who took to Instagram to mark the occasion, and she shared a snapshot of herself in an embrace with her mother, Janelle, and her younger sister, Antonia.

"We can always use more opportunities to celebrate the deeply special women in our lives," the Oscar winner captioned the cute pic. "Thinking of my beautiful Mumma and sister @AntoniaKidman today for #InternationalWomensDay ?"

Meanwhile, former First Lady Michelle Obama used the day as an opportunity to get the word out about her organization, the Girls Opportunity Alliance -- a program under the auspices of the Obama Foundation which seeks to empower young women across the globe by providing educational opportunities.

"Happy #InternationalWomensDay! Today, I hope you’ll join me in celebrating women all over the world—and in renewing our commitment to empowering the next generation," Obama wrote. "We started the @GirlsOpportunityAlliance to support adolescent girls who face barriers to education so they can pursue their passions, fulfill their boundless potential, and make their voices heard."

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Happy #InternationalWomensDay! Today, I hope you’ll join me in celebrating women all over the world—and in renewing our commitment to empowering the next generation. We started the @GirlsOpportunityAlliance to support adolescent girls who face barriers to education so they can pursue their passions, fulfill their boundless potential, and make their voices heard. That's why I'm thrilled that @LizaKoshy, @MostlySane, and @_Thembemathe visited Girls Opportunity Alliance programs around the world to see this important work in action. They’re sharing these stories, which showcase how education can transform girls’ lives and create a ripple effect for communities, in an upcoming special streaming on @YouTube Originals on March 17th. Click on the link in my bio to tune in and to empower girls around the world through education.

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Singer Pink also celebrated the day with a family snapshot showing herself and her two adorable children -- 3-year-old son Jameson and 8-year-old daughter Willow -- laying on the ground in what appears to be a backstage green room, possibly before a concert.

"Strong women: may we know them, may we raise them, may we be them," the Beautiful Trauma artist wrote alongside the sweet snapshot.

Meanwhile, actress and international activist Priyanka Chopra shared a photo of her visit to Ethiopia while serving as a goodwill ambassador for Unicef, where she sat with a woman named Hasina, who amazed Chopra with her bold and self-determined spirit.

"Unstoppable. Fierce. Determined. Hasina is all this and more. I met her during my visit to Ethiopia with @unicef. She blew me away with her grit and purpose, standing up for right to continue going to school and to decide her own future," Chopra wrote, in part, before explaining how Hasina had escaped a situation in which she was almost forced to marry a man against her will.

"Hasina is one of the many girls who dream of a future where every girl can be a girl - not a bride, not a victim of violence or discrimination. Nothing but a powerful, unstoppable girl ready to take on the world," she continued. "It’s your turn… I’d love to hear your stories of girls you admire and why. Just post in the comments below or using the hashtags below. On #InternationalWomensDay… AND every day, let’s lift every girl up! #W4W #GenerationEquality #EndChildMarriage."

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Unstoppable. Fierce. Determined. Hasina is all this and more. I met her during my visit to Ethiopia with @unicef. She blew me away with her grit and purpose, standing up for right to continue going to school and to decide her own future. When her brother-in-law’s friend asked her parents for her hand in marriage, Hasina knew she wasn’t ready for that yet. “How am I going to live marrying a person I don’t even know? Will I ever go back to school again?” She asked herself all these questions and one day, when the man was visiting her house, she escaped and went to one of the community-based prevention centres she had heard about at school. The community, along with the authorities, stepped in and stopped the marriage. Hasina is one of the many girls who dream of a future where every girl can be a girl - not a bride, not a victim of violence or discrimination. Nothing but a powerful, unstoppable girl ready to take on the world. It’s your turn… I’d love to hear your stories of girls you admire and why. Just post in the comments below or using the hashtags below. On #InternationalWomensDay… AND every day, let’s lift every girl up! #W4W #GenerationEquality #EndChildMarriage

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Many male stars also came out to support the cause and share messages of appreciation and love for the women in their lives and the importance of standing up for equality.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, for example, shared three separate posts celebrating his three daughters -- Simone, 18, Jasmine, 4, and Tiana, 1. 

The first pic showed Johnson and his eldest daughter -- who just began her training to become a professional WWE wrestler -- standing in front of a Wrestle Mania ring, which he captioned, "Respect the ground you walk, protect the name you carry and blaze your own @wwenxt @wwe path. Proud of you and as you go down the road, I’ll always have your back. #internationalwomensday #fatherdaughter."

As for his tributes to his youngest daughters, Johnson wrote, "Blessed, strong and the world will hear from you one day." He added, alongside a video of himself and Tiana, "I can’t promise you I’ll love you for the rest of your life, but you have my word I’ll love and protect you for the rest of mine."

Here's a look at how many other stars commemorated the meaningful holiday:

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My girls. Happy #InternationalWomensDay!

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it’s international women’s day and i wanna share some of the women who have made a huge difference in my life this year - @oprah you’ve unknowingly helped me so much on my journey in the last few years - (watch her commencement address at Spellman college in 2012- it changed my life forever) the lessons you’ve learned plus the knowledge you share through your super soul Sunday podcast, giving us all access to thought leaders that can teach us how to be better and more conscious has changed my life. plus I started a gratitude journal this year! @brenebrown changed me forever when I heard her ted talk on the power of vulnerability and watched her Netflix special “The call To Courage”- “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weaknesses.”. @elizabeth_gilbert_writer I’ve always related to you so much and hearing your masterclass on “Creative Living Beyond Fear” and your relationship with fear this year really spoke to me in a pivotal way! @michelleobama and her perspective of finding your walk, of constantly becoming, and reminding me we’re not supposed to know what exactly our walk is during our 20’s, but just doing your best and making people feel seen along the way is enough, @tarabrach her book radical compassion is about the practice of dealing with difficult emotions with self compassion and it’s literally changing my life, her practice of RAIN really has helped me navigate my anxiety and is helping people self heal everywhere, @tamaralevitt the head of mindfulness and meditation at Calm, your guided meditations and masterclass on Gratitude have helped me so much in the last year, you are changing and training minds everywhere. And of course my mom, whose shown me what it means to love someone. You love me and the people around you selflessly, fiercely, and unconditionally, and I think that’s the best superpower a human can have. Thank you to all the women in the world that inspire us all to grow ❤️

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