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Inspirational women in business and politics

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In 1911, March 8 entered the calendar as "International Women's Day," an occasion aimed at celebrating female achievement and working women around the world.

The official theme for 2015 is "Make it Happen" and includes a push for more women in senior leadership roles.

To mark the occasion, CNBC asked a selection of businessmen and women with a range of roles and responsibilities which women inspired them.

Written by Alexandra Gibbs, special to CNBC.com, on March 6, 2015

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