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Vision 2020's Women 100

A Celebration of American Women

One hundred years ago, American women — half of the U.S. population — were not allowed to vote, yet many Americans take that right for granted today.

Vision 2020’s Women 100 is a celebration of American women during the year 2020, when we mark the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women’s right to vote. While Vision 2020’s Women 100 will commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, it is important to note that this was just the first step toward women's equality. Although 1920 granted women’s right to vote at the federal level, many groups of women, especially women of color, still were denied access to vote until the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

So what exactly will Vision 2020 be doing in 2020? Philadelphia, the birthplace of American democracy, will be home to Vision 2020’s Women 100 programs and events, while members of the Vision 2020 national coalition will host sister programs across the country in support of the 19th Amendment centennial celebration.

Vision 2020 will honor the past — the hard work of the suffragists of a century ago — by telling their stories and encouraging women to act like the majority we are. As 2020 is an election year, one goal of Vision 2020’s Women 100 is to help mobilize women to vote in record numbers in 2020 and to inspire women’s increased civic engagement for years to come.