Were the cosmic pranksters having a laugh when the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day happened to fall on the same date as Fat Tuesday?

Washington showed off its woman power. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard expressed their delight at meeting on such an auspicious day. USA/

Britain’s former first lady Cherie Blair was also at the State Department for the 2011 International Women of Courage Awards ceremony.

And the first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, started her remarks with high praise for Hillary Clinton: “She is one heck of a Secretary of State. She has been an amazing gift, not just to our country but to the rest of the world.”

Clearly bygones are bygones when it comes to the woman who tried to beat her husband in the 2008 presidential race.