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Celebrating International Women's Day in the West Country

Today is International Women's Day, a day held annually to celebrate women's achievements throughout history and across the world.

Across the West Country, we have some pretty inspiring role models in a range of different careers and areas of society.

Here's just a few of the amazing women we spoke to about the issues facing women today and what needs to change.

Senior police officers in Exeter say there is still work to do to get more women into leadership roles in the Devon and Cornwall force.

A social media campaign has been launched today to celebrate women in the emergency services - aiming to promote strong role models, challenge stereotypes and encourage more young women to think about choosing it as a career.

Emma Storey-Barrett is a Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant in Exeter, she feels women have exactly the same opportunities as men in the force today.

I think the organisation as a whole promotes women in policing so I work full time and I work shifts and I'm very, very lucky that I love neighbourhood policing and actually that role enables me to do my job and maintain a really healthy home life.

– Sergeant Emma Storey-Barrett

A Bristol pilot also says more needs to be done to encourage women to choose a career in the airline industry.

Women have been behind the controls of commercial planes since the 1970s but it still remains an area dominated by men.

Captain Zoe Ebrey, whose based at Bristol Airport, wants things to change.

It's seen as a very male role and i think some younger girls don't appreciate that women can do this job. I think we need to start at grassroots level to inspire the next generation tell them this is an available opportunity, tell them what a fantastic career it is.

– Captain Zoe Ebrey

We also spoke to a group of sixteen-year-old's at St Peter's School in Exeter about their hopes and aspirations and whether they think there are still barriers to women achieving their ambitions.

Here's what they had to say:

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