INTERNATIONAL Women's Day in Leeton was all about empowerment, respect and sharing stories.
An event was held at the library on Tuesday where women of all ages, backgrounds and cultures came together to celebrate the global initiative.
Three guest speakers - Ruth Tait, Annmaree Ingram and Amelie Sachs - each shared their stories and their views on the occasion.
There was also entertainment from musicians and entertainers, as well as a delicious light luncheon.
Leeton library manager Terry O'Keefe said International Women's Day not only celebrates achievements and highlights amazing women among the community, but it also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
"Individually we are all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day," she said.
"We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements.
"Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender-equal world."
The theme for International Women's Day in 2020 is "Each for equal - an equal world is an enabled world".
Amelie, a year 12 student and vice captain at Leeton High School, said the day continued to grow in significance every year.
"It's a day to celebrate women ... women are so great and I don't think we are celebrated enough," she said.
"That is changing a lot, but we can still go further as a whole society with it.
"It's a really important day. We've had an event at school, which was great as well.
"Myself and my friends talk about it and it's created a good awareness."
Amelie is hoping that over the years there is more female representation in occupations where traditionally more men can be found working.
After finishing year 12 she would like to have a working gap year and then study to become a zoologist.
Mrs Tait also addressed the crowd on the day, going into her background, how she came to live in Leeton, her love of music and work with the Leeton Town Band.
Mrs Tait is the current Leeton citizen of the year, after being awarded the honour on Australia Day.
She also viewed the day as being an important one.
"I'm not a women's liberationist by any means, but I do believe in equality," Mrs Tait said.
"I think it's great to see women get up and do things and for that to be celebrated.
"Things like equal pay for women is also important, especially if you are doing the same work as a man."
International Women's Day is held on March 8 every year, with celebrations sometimes being held either on that date or in the week leading up to or after-the-fact.
It was first held in 1911 and is not country, group or organisation-specific as it belongs to all groups collectively, everywhere.
The event continues to be about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action - in whatever form or shape that may take.