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Vision 2020 and VisionForward Programs and Events


The Unfinished Business of Women's Equality

The Unfinished Business of Women’s Equality exhibition ran from October 2010 through January 2011, portrayed the long, uneven and incomplete struggle for gender equality in the United States. Within the exhibition, participants met women's rights champions from different eras, experienced moments of change and the reactions to those changes, and imagined how equality could be achieved by the year 2020, the 100th anniversary of women earning the right to vote.

Jane Seymour, Lynn Yeakel and Mae Jemison at the opening of Vision 2020's Unfinished Business of Women's Equality exhibit
Opening of The Unfinished Business of Women’s Equality exhibition at the National Constitution Center. From left: Actress Jane Seymour; Lynn Yeakel, director of the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership; and Mae C. Jemison, American engineer, physician and former NASA astronaut.

A comprehensive Educator’s Guide, which was a free resource for local and national educators to utilize as part of their social studies curricula, was created to accompany the exhibition.

Attendees at Vision 2020's HERstory Hunt
Students from Russell Byers Charter School experience the HERstory Hunt with INHP Park Ranger Renee Albertoli.

White House Briefing

Senior White House officials hosted more than 150 women leaders representing Vision 2020, for a daylong briefing on Tuesday, March 27, 2012. Speakers discussed economic, educational and health care issues, as well as challenges for returning veterans and for women in senior leadership positions.

HERstory Hunts in partnership with the Independence National Historical Park

The HERstory Hunt at Independence National Historical Park was a hands-on women’s history scavenger hunt that encouraged local schools and Girl Scout troops to go beyond the traditional telling of history to uncover underrepresented women’s contributions of the past.

Women 100: A National Celebration of American Women

In the years 2020 and 2021, Vision 2020 presented Women 100, a series of programs and events marking 100 years since women in the U.S. won the right to vote through passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Vision 2020, coalition members, partners and sponsors showcased the contributions of women past and present while raising civic awareness and engagement to new heights. Women 100 included a nonpartisan voter mobilization campaign encouraging women to vote in record numbers in the 2020 national elections.

Vision 2020’s Women 100 Signature Programs

Seat at the Table Exhibition

The award-winning Seat at the Table exhibition was created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 2020, and to present a snapshot of gender equity in the United States. It was part of Women 100 and it linked the past to the present, connecting historical stories with contemporary issues. Its goals were to raise awareness about the gender gap in the top decision-making positions of government and business — and to inspire the next generation to work toward greater gender equity in leadership.

Similar to The Unfinished Business of Women’s Equality exhibition in 2010 and 2011, a comprehensive Educator’s Guide was created to accompany the exhibition. The guide was a free, virtual resource for local and national educators to utilize as part of their social studies curricula.

Part of Vision 2020s Seat at the Table exhibit
Visitors experience the thought-provoking elements of the Seat at the Table exhibition.

Spring Breakthru

Undergraduate students from across the country gathered virtually for programs delving into issues of intersectional feminism, civic engagement and social justice. They gained tools and resources to return to their campuses as advocates for gender equality and social change.

Women’s Leadership Forums

Virtual audiences engaged with prominent leaders from a variety of fields as they took part in panel discussions focused on women’s leadership. Three different panels focused on honoring the past, enriching the present and shaping the future.

SHE Leads Road Rally

The Road Rally featured women driving race cars and vintage automobiles in a motorcade from East Falls Philadelphia to Seneca Falls, New York, the site of the first Women's Rights Convention. Hundreds of online viewers were able to participate and retrace the early path to women's empowerment and other achievements over the past 100 years. 

Vision 2020’s National Congresses

Vision 2020 convened its Delegates and leaders of its Allied Organizations at National Congresses in different locations around the nation. At these high-energy gatherings, the coalition measured progress towards goals, featured outstanding programs, and strengthened connections and collaborations between and among the Delegates and major national organizations working towards collective impact.

Attendees at Vision 2020's National Congress
Delegates gather at the 2010 National Congress in Philadelphia, launching the official start of Vision 2020.


Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

National Caregiving Summit

The National Caregiving Summit coincided with 2022 Women’s History Month, recognizing that the burden of caregiving disproportionately falls on women, who are often forced to sacrifice their own goals and financial security as a result. The summit featured national experts and thought leaders in an interactive panel discussion, a keynote address by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and opportunities for audience participation.

A Conversation About Women in Government: A Seat at the Table

This 2022 Women’s History Month program was an interactive opportunity to learn from contemporary women leaders and experts about the "why," "how" and 'what now' of women in government, as part of VisionForward’s work to ensure equal representation everywhere decisions are made.

Attendees at Vision 2020's Conversation About Women in Government
From left: Elowyn Corby, VisionForward program director; Dianne Semingson, VisionForward strategic leader; Rep. Joanna McClinton, democratic majority leader, Pennsylvania House of Representatives; Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics; Elizabeth Moro, founder of the Civil Graces Project (VisionForward Advocate); Councilmember Kendra Brooks, Philadelphia City Council; Joyce Collins, VisionForward coalition director.

Annual Toast to Tenacity™

Women’s Equality Day is August 26 — the date the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted in 1920, granting American women the right to vote. Vision 2020 and VisionForward celebrated the anniversary of this historic milestone every year with the Toast to Tenacity. People came together to raise their glasses in a united salute to past, present and future trailblazers of the gender equity movement.


Attendees at VisionForward's Toast to Tenacity Participants “cheers” at the annual Toast to Tenacity.