100 Years, 100 Women

Learn from the Past, Shape the Future

Welcome to the 2020 W Challenge to celebrate Women’s Suffrage and inspire women to use their voices!

This year join us in a 10-week social media campaign to recognize 100 women leaders from the past 100 years to mark the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which extended the right to vote to women in United States. (See the San Francisco Board of Supervisor’s resolution to commemorate the 100th anniversary here.)

As we commemorate the occasion, we also recognize that equal voting rights were not granted to all American women for another 55 years, and that the ongoing fight against voter suppression continues today. Therefore, we urge everyone who can, to vote this year and every election to honor those who fought for this right and to acknowledge those who still struggle for it.

Join us for the W Challenge to learn from the past and shape the future! Highlight these 100 women leaders from the past 100 years on your social media to uplift their stories and inspire the other women to take action. Here’s how:

  1. Check out the list below of 10 women leaders selected for each decade from 1920 to 2020, click to find a description of their work and contribution.
  2. Choose 2-3 women leaders each week for the corresponding decade, download their pictures, and feature them on your preferred outreach channel, such as social media platforms, newsletters, and/or website.
  3. Post, share and tag #WChallenge, and refer back to the WChallenge.org if your followers need more info.

Keep it up for the 10 weeks between Women’s Equality Day (August 26) and Election Day (November 3) to motivate more women to vote in honor of these leaders who helped to get us to where we are today!

Have a question? Check out our FAQ page here.

Special Honor

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 1933-2020

1920s (Week of 8/26-8/30)

Anna Julia Haywood Cooper,
1858-1964

Clara Shortridge Foltz,
1849-1934
Donaldina Cameron,
1866-1966
Ida Alexander Gibbs Hunt,
1862-1957

Johanna Claussenius Pinther,
1861-1938

Lucy Parsons,
1851 to 1942
Mabel Ping-Hua Lee, PhD,
1896-1966
Mary Margaret Morgan,
1866-1946

Selina Solomons, 1862-1942

Zitkála-Šá (Gertrude Simmons Bonnin), 1876-1938

1930s (Week of 8/31-9/6)

Dorothea Lange,
1895-1965
Jane Addams,
1860-1935
Nannie Helen Burroughs,
1879-1961
Dorothy Arzner,
1897-1979
Luisa Moreno,
1906-1992
Tien Fuh Wu, 1886-1975

Francis Marion,
1888-1973
Loretta Starvus Stack,
1913-2001
Helen Bruton,
1898-1985
Mary Jane McLeod Bethune,
1875-1955

1940s (Week of 9/7-9/13)

Betty Reid Soskin,
1921- Present
Mary Golda Ross,
1908-2008
Tarea “Ty” Hall Pittman,
1903-1991
Daisy Elizabeth Adams Lampkin,
1883-1965
Mitsuye Endo,
1920-2006
Willa Brown,
1906-1992
Esther Eng,
1914-1970
Rachel Louise Carson,
1907-1964
Marjory Stoneman Douglas,
1890-1998
Ruby Hurley,
1909-1980

1950s (Week of 9/14-9/20)

Anna Arnold Hedgeman,
1899-1990
Ella Baker,
1903 – 1986
Mary Church Terrell,
1864-1954
Charlotta Spears Bass,
1874-1969
Emma Ping Lum,
1910-1989
Patsy Takemoto Mink,
1927-2002
Daisy Bates,
1914-1999
Julia de Burgos,
1914-1953
Del Martin (1921-2008) and Phyllis Lyon
(1924-2020)
Leola King,
1919- 2015

1960s (Week of 9/21-9/27)

Anna Pauline "Pauli" Murray, 1910-1985
Anna Pauline “Pauli” Murray, 1910-1985
Diane Nash, 1938 – Present
Diane Nash, 1938 – Present
Dolores Clara Fernández Huerta, 1930 – Present
Dolores Clara Fernández Huerta, 1930 – Present
Dorothy Height, 1912-2010
Dorothy Height, 1912-2010
Edith (Edie) Windsor, 1929-2017
Edith (Edie) Windsor, 1929-2017
Felicia "Flames" Elizondo, 1946 – Present
Felicia “Flames” Elizondo, 1946 – Present
Helen Thomas, 1920-2013
Helen Thomas, 1920-2013
Nikki Giovanni, 1943 – Present
Nikki Giovanni, 1943 – Present
Wilma Mankiller, 1945-2010
Wilma Mankiller, 1945-2010
Yuri Kochiyama, 1921-2014
Yuri Kochiyama, 1921-2014

1970s (Week of 9/28-10/4)

Gloria Anzaldúa, 1942-2004
Gloria Anzaldúa, 1942-2004
Grace Lee Boggs, 1915-2015
Grace Lee Boggs, 1915-2015
Shirley Chisholm, 1924-2005
Michi Nishiura Weglyn, 1926-1999
Michi Nishiura Weglyn, 1926-1999
Nadine Taub, 1943-2020
Sylvia Rivera, 1912-2010
Sarah Weddington, 1945 – Present
Victoria Cruz, 1945/46 – Present
Shirley Chisholm, 1924-2005
Sonia Sanchez, 1934 – Present

1980s (Week of 10/5-10/11)

Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, 1925-2018
Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, 1925-2018
Audre Lorde, 1934-1992
Audre Lorde, 1934-1992
Barbara Pyle
Barbara Pyle
Candy Lightner, 1946-Present
Candy Lightner, 1946-Present
Etel Adnan, 1925-Present
Etel Adnan, 1925-Present
Maya Lin, 1959-Present
Maya Lin, 1959-Present
Judy Heumann, 1947-Present
Judy Heumann, 1947-Present
Winona LaDuke, 1959-Present
Winona LaDuke, 1959-Present
Mae Jemison, 1956-Present
Mae Jemison, 1956-Present
Mary Kay Henry, 1958-Present
Mary Kay Henry, 1958-Present

1990s (Week of 10/12-10/18)

Anita Hill, 1965 - present
Anita Hill, 1965 – present
bell hooks, 1952 – present

Cecilia Chung, 1965 - present
Cecilia Chung, 1965 – present
Helen Zia, 1952 - present
Helen Zia, 1952 – present
Jewel Plummber Cobb, 1924 - 2017
Jewel Plummber Cobb, 1924 – 2017
Sylvia Earle, 1935 – present
JoAnn Tall
JoAnn Tall
Zainab Salbi, 1969 – present
Judith Herman, 1942 – present
Maria Echaveste, 1954 – present

2000s (Week of 10/19-10/25)

Aimee Allison, 1969-Present
Elvira Arellano, 1975-Present
Jeanne Rizzo
Laila Ali, 1977-Present
Lisa Perez Jackson, 1962- Present
Tammy Duckworth, 1968-Present
Mónica Ramírez
Tereza Lee, 1983- Present
Nadine Burke Harris, 1975-Present
Saru Jayaraman, 1975-Present

2010s (Week of 10/26-11/1)

Ai-Jen Poo, 1974 – Present
Alice Wong, 1974 – Present
Alicia Garza, 1981- Present
Angy Rivera, 1990 – Present
Aria Sa’id, 1989/90- Present
Tokata Iron Eyes, 2004- Present
Dior Vargas, 1988- Present
Zena Ozeir
Erica Joy Baker, 1980- Present
Mia Mingus