USA TODAY Names “100 Women of the Century” to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment
USA TODAY spotlights 100 notable women as
“Women of the Century,” as part of effort to commemorate the 100th
anniversary the 19th Amendment. In addition, more than 260 Gannett
properties combine forces to recognize 500+ women with outstanding
achievements in fields including arts, literature, civil rights,
sports, science and education.
USA TODAY, part of Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), names “100
Women of the Century” as part of its ongoing “Women of the Century”
project to recognize the accomplishments of American women in
commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. USA
TODAY selected 100 influential women for its national list, and USA
TODAY NETWORK properties across the country recognized more than
500 notable women across every state, the District of Columbia and
the inhabited U.S. territories.
USA TODAY issued a public call for nominations in January, and a
diverse panel of expert judges helped select 100 national “Women of
the Century” who have displayed outstanding achievement in one of
the following areas: arts & literature; business; civil rights;
education; entertainment; law; media; nonprofits &
philanthropy; politics; science & medicine; and sports. The
complete national list can be found in today’s USA TODAY print
edition and online at usatoday.com/womenofthecentury.
USA TODAY Editor-in-Chief Nicole Carroll interviewed 12 of the
notable women chosen to the national list, and USA TODAY has begun
rolling them out online, including in-depth sit downs with
Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient and entertainment icon Rita
Moreno; Flint water whistleblower Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha; and
tennis champion and social justice advocate Billie Jean King.
“This project began last year when we were brainstorming ways to
recognize the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment,” said USA
TODAY editor-in-chief Nicole Carroll. “We purposely use the words
‘recognize’ and ‘commemorate,’ instead of ‘celebrate,’ when talking
about the 19th Amendment. We recognize that while the 19th
Amendment was an incredible accomplishment, in practice many women,
most of them women of color, were left on the sidelines.”
“But we also knew this was an opportunity to amplify the work of
a rich and diverse group of women who fought with their voices,
their ideas and even their bodies to better our country. Women
USA TODAY NETWORK’s news outlets across the country asked their
communities to nominate woman most notable to them and engaged
local experts to help them name 10 “Women of the Century” from each
state and U.S. territory.
"I hope that this project exposes people to women they didn't
read about in their history books or see on television," said
Philana Patterson, a USA TODAY managing editor who has overseen the
project. "We've got many famous women with household names dotted
across this project, but I find myself most inspired by many of the
women I didn't know who work in our communities to make them
Additionally, USA TODAY NETWORK’s “Humankind” has launched a
news video series “Womankind” highlighting the strong, courageous
individuals who have made positive change in their communities.
Also, as part of the project, the company launched two augmented
reality experiences – one that brings to life famous women's
suffrage speeches and one that explores statues of the women’s
suffrage movement. Both experiences are available in the augmented
reality section of USA TODAY’s app.
Finally, to bring this remarkable program to life, USA TODAY
NETWORK’s Storytellers Project will host a virtual event with six
storytellers recognized as “Women of the Century.” The event will
be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube on Aug. 18 at 8 p.m.
To access USA TODAY NETWORK’s full “Women of the Century”
content, including in-depth, exclusive reporting on the 19th
Amendment and women’s suffrage, visit
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