Few events in American history transformed our nation as momentously as when women gained the 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 provide much more than a history lesson. 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 country, we will explore this constitutional change, what it has accomplished and what’s left to be done.
We’ll do it through interviews with trailblazing American women from across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, live storytelling 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.
We’re asking you to nominate women from Colorado who have made a difference on a state or national level in areas such as arts and literature; business; civil rights; education; entertainment; law; media; nonprofits and philanthropy; politics; science and 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/. Nominations are due by 3 p.m. MT Jan. 31.
Colorado is, and has been, home to many extraordinary women, from the unsinkable Molly Brown and black pioneer “Aunt” Clara Brown to Temple Grandin, gold-medal-winning athletes and trailblazing politicians like Madeleine Albright — yes, she grew up in Denver.
Since its founding in 1985, the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame has inducted 162 women into its ranks, and there are many more on the path toward the honor today.
You can nominate any of Colorado’s outstanding women past or present. They must:
- Be United States citizens, either born in the U.S., or naturalized.
- Have a documented track record that shows outstanding achievements in one or more of the following fields: arts and literature; business; civil rights; education; entertainment; law; media; nonprofits and philanthropy; politics; science and medicine; and sports.
- Be relatively well known in Colorado and/or nationally.
- Have lived in the 100 years since the 19th Amendment was passed (since 1920).
- If living, currently reside in the U.S.
However, 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 — for Womankind through this form. For Womankind, think of women who have performed good works in their local Colorado communities in the past five years. These are women that have improved the lives of others or are an inspiration to other women.
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.
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