In 2009, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walks with Kenyan Minister of Agriculture William Ruto and Kenyan environmental and political activist Wangari Maathai,right, at the Kenyan Agricultural Research Institute near Nairobi. (U.S. Department of State)

In honor of International Women’s Day, I’d like to share a few tweets that taught me something new.

1. I knew there wasn’t gender parity at the United Nations, but I hadn’t stopped to count how many general assembly presidents have been women. *sigh*

2. Gender inequity is particularly severe if we consider land ownership and land rights.

3. But women all over the world continue to press on … in conditions the California girl in me cannot imagine:

4. I’m grateful to the Twitterstorians for teaching us about some of the pioneers. For example, in 1885, women from India, Japan and Syria were the first women in their countries to earn degrees in western medicine. (Bonus fact: In 1885, it cost $325.50 to get your medical degree.)

5. And what kind of holiday doesn’t involve sharing findings from a nationally representative survey? In this poll conducted in February, 59 percent of Americans supported using foreign aid for access to safe abortion.

6. On a lighter note, the “League of Extravagant Grannies” in Kenya is my new favorite spin on the “Where are they now?” genre:

7. Also, I had never heard the term MAOW before today.

8. Nor did I know that there is also an International Men’s Day!

9. Or that the World War I equivalents of Rosie the Riveter were called “munitionettes.”

10. While we’ve come a long way, we still have a ways to go. One important way forward is valuing unpaid work.

BONUS: I didn’t learn about #WomenAlsoKnowStuff on International Women’s Day. (In fact, I’m on the editorial board, and together we wrote this earlier explainer post about our initiative to amplify the voices and expertise of women political scientists.) BUT — we did launch our new and improved website on Tuesday to commemorate International Women’s Day. We hope you’ll check it out.