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. 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!

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

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

Gloria Anzaldua
Grace Lee Boggs
Marsha P Johnson
Michi Nishiura Weglyn
Nadine Taub
Sarah Weddington
Shirley Chisholm
Sonia Sanchez
Sylvia Rivera
Victoria Cruz

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

Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga
Audre Lorde
Barbara Pyle
Candy Lightner
Dr. Mae Jemison
Etel Adnan
Judy Heumann
Mary Kay Henry
Maya Lin
Winona LaDuke

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

Anita Hill
Bell Hooks
Cecilia Chung
Helen Zia
Jewel Plummer Cobb
JoAnn Tall
Judith Herman
Maria Echaveste
Sylvia Earle
Zainab Salbi

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

Aimee Allison
Saru Jayaraman
Elvira Arellano
Jeanne Rizzo
Laila Ali
Lisa Perez Jackson
Mónica Ramírez
Nadine Burke Harris
Tammy Duckworth
Tereza Lee

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

Ai Jen-Poo
Alice Wong
Alicia Garza
Angy Rivera
Aria Sa’id
Dior Vargas
Erica Joy Baker
Mia Mingus
Tokata Iron Eyes
Zena Ozeir