Few events in American history transformed our nation as momentously as the ratification of women’s right to vote 100 years ago. As we approach the centennial in August, the USA TODAY Network is launching an ambitious commemoration of this major step toward the universal right to vote.
Few events in American history transformed our nation as momentously as the ratification of women’s right to vote 100 years ago. As we approach the centennial in August, the USA TODAY Network is launching an ambitious commemoration of this major step toward the universal right to vote. We’ll do it through interviews with trailblazing American women from across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, live events designed to empower and enfranchise, stories that cover the movement’s victories and shortcomings, augmented reality experiences that bring alive the suffragists in their struggles and triumphs, and much more.
We believe it’s vital that you are a part of this ambitious project.
In January, we ask our readers and viewers to nominate women from their towns, cities and states who have made a difference on a state or national level in areas such as Arts & Literature, Business, Civil Rights, Education, Entertainment, Law, Media, Nonprofits & Philanthropy, Politics, Science & Medicine and Sports. We’ll use your input and the help of historians, scholars and other experts to highlight more than 500 women who have inspired us over the past 100 years.
You can get started nominating women at usatoday.com/womenofthecentury/.
We’ll provide much more than a history lesson. Our project – Women of the Century – will inspire women, girls and their allies to work toward a better America.
We know that ratification of the 19th Amendment a century ago resonates today, its echoes evident in efforts to advance women’s rights in our laws, workplaces and societal expectations. The past and present are connected in an ongoing effort to secure women’s futures.
Starting in February, through the combined power of 260 newsrooms across the USA, we will explore this constitutional change, what it has accomplished and what’s left to be done.
We won’t focus solely on women in the public sphere. We are excited to announce that in connection with Women of the Century, the USA TODAY Network is launching Womankind, an extension of our Humankind franchise, to celebrate unsung women who make the world a better place through their good work and example.
We invite you to nominate women – or even yourself through this form.
We’re excited to serve as a gathering place for you to discover and remember the women who changed American history and to support and honor the women of today who keep the fight alive.