First lady celebrates women in US and around world

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at the 2011 International Women of Courage Awards ceremony at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at the 2011 International Women of Courage Awards ceremony at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez) (Luis Alvarez - AP)
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The Associated Press
Tuesday, March 8, 2011; 4:51 PM

WASHINGTON -- First lady Michelle Obama is opening the White House for a celebration of women - from around the world and throughout U.S. history.

Mrs. Obama was playing host Tuesday at a reception with a dual purpose: commemorating the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day and recognizing March as Women's History Month in the United States.

She was to speak about the importance of investing in young women and girls.

The first lady spoke earlier in the day at a State Department reception for recipients of the International Women of Courage Award. Mrs. Obama said that by overcoming fear and speaking up, the award winners had inspired other women to use their voices, too.

The award recipients were also invited to the White House event.



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