Woodbury Heights School Celebrates International Women's Day

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WOODBURY HEIGHTS, N.J. -

Thursday, March 8th, is International Women's Day and to celebrate women everywhere, a South Jersey high school held a special event to help empower the young women in their school.

Earlier Thursday and all week long, Gateway Regional High School invited a variety of women in leadership positions throughout the community to speak to its female students as part of the school's first-ever Women's Week.

School officials say events like this are a great way to help empower these young women into becoming strong leaders in life and in their communities.

"I think these days are so important because at the end of the day it comes down to inspiring and providing passion for students to motivate them because it is all about empowerment, building each other up and supporting each other as women," said Melissa Eckstein, district career facilitator at the school. 

The theme was women in government and featured speakers like Gloucester County Freeholder, Heather Simmons, who discussed why women need to step up and take leadership roles in government and politics, how to maintain balance in your life and answered questions from the students.

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