Women of the Century

Written by on August 14, 2020

Welcome to Girls of the Century, a commemoration of the 19th Modification, a serious step towards the common proper to vote in the USA.

Right here one can find interviews with trailblazing American ladies, tales that cowl the suffrage motion’s victories and shortcomings, augmented actuality experiences that convey alive features of the suffragists’ struggles and triumphs, movies that present the superb work ladies are doing in our communities and rather more. Many names you’ll know, some you’ll not. All have one thing to show us.

Our hope is that this venture conjures up ladies, ladies and their supporters to work towards a greater America for the following century.

Girls of the Century didn’t succeed regardless of adversity, however usually due to it. We provide a consultant record of 100 ladies who’ve made an affect on our tradition, our communities, and our nation over the previous 100 years. These ladies are imperfect, empowering and essential. Explore our list.



Civil rights


Arts & Literature and Media

Science & Medicine and Education

Business, Nonprofits & Philanthropy

Study notable suffragists Carrie Chapman Catt, Mary Church Terrell and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in our augmented actuality expertise, “Heroes of Women’s Suffrage.” Hearken to key passages from their speeches because the scenes come to life, animated in a graphic novel format. Obtain the newest model of the USA TODAY app in your Android or iOS AR-capable machine. Open the app, and search for Augmented Actuality in Sections on the backside of your display screen. 

Heroes of women's suffrage

Heroes of ladies’s suffrage
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Womankind, a brand new video sequence from the Humankind franchise, will showcase the untold tales of on a regular basis ladies who’re doing unbelievable issues. The ladies of Womankind are entrepreneurs, small enterprise homeowners, youngsters, mentors, volunteers, academics, pilots, moms, mates, grandmothers. They are altering the world one act, one enterprise, one relationship at a time. 

The USA TODAY Community can also be recognizing influential ladies in every state, territory and Washington, D.C. These ladies imagined and created. They protested they usually fought. Finally, they reworked our nation. In all, we’re amplifying the accomplishments of greater than 500 various, ground-breaking, courageous, considerate ladies. 

Hattie McDaniel and Helen Keller are two of more than 500 women featured on the Women of the Century list.

Hattie McDaniel and Helen Keller are two of greater than 500 ladies featured on the Girls of the Century record.
Illustration: Veronica Bravo, USA TODAY

100 years in the past, as a groundswell of momentum pushed towards giving ladies the fitting to vote, the South decried the thought. Within the battle for the 19th Modification, suffragists noticed Tennessee as their final hope. As tensions mounted and private frictions cut up the motion, the nation turned to Tennessee to determine. Read the story.

Women march for the right to vote in this Nashville parade.

Girls march for the fitting to vote on this Nashville parade.
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The 19th Modification to the U.S. Structure, ratified by 36 states and made regulation in 1920, lastly gave ladies in the USA the fitting to vote, although ladies of coloration would nonetheless face boundaries to voting for many years to come back. It was not a simple highway. Have a look again at a few of the highlights, milestones, disappointments and victories of the ladies’s suffrage motion. Explore the timeline.

Women's suffrage march on New York's Fifth Ave.

Girls’s suffrage march on New York’s Fifth Ave.

It’s not possible to choose an ideal record. A handful of ladies simply barely missed the cutoff for Girls of the Century, together with Madam CJ Walker, the primary feminine self-made millionaire within the U.S. She paved the way in which for lots of of different feminine entrepreneurs. Read the story. Did we miss a lady you suppose needs to be on our record? We’d like to hear from you.

Madam CJ Walker (Sarah Breedlove), the first female self-made millionaire in the world, poses for a portrait circa 1914.

Madam CJ Walker (Sarah Breedlove), the primary feminine self-made millionaire on the earth, poses for a portrait circa 1914.
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The dominant narrative in regards to the ladies’s suffrage motion is framed by the experiences of white ladies, however African American ladies performed a serious function in acquiring the fitting to vote, despite the fact that lots of them wouldn’t actually take pleasure in the fitting themselves to the identical extent till a long time later. Read the story.

Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells
Picture: Library of Congress, Illustration: Veronica Bravo, USA TODAY

Rita Moreno moved to New York from Puerto Rico at 5, later changing into the primary Latina to win an Oscar. Recognized for her function as Anita in “West Facet Story,” she is one in every of simply 16 folks to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. She talks about bravery (nonetheless laborious), her journey (not over) and the significance of listening (we should do higher). Read the Q&A.

Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno
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