Welcome to Women 100, a yearlong celebration marking a century of progress since women won the right to vote and set the agenda to achieve economic, political and social equality.

WHYY’S Marty Moss-Coane hosts the weekly spots focused on the achievements of women who changed our world.

After almost a century of protests, the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote, was passed in 1919. It said: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

WHYY is producing the series with Drexel University College of Medicine’s Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership, as part of their Vision 2020’s Women 100 project. The project is focused on the unfinished business of women’s equality, with special emphasis on shared leadership among women and men in business, the arts, science, government and beyond.

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Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was a poet, memoirist, dancer and civil rights activist whose books explore themes of economic, racial and sexual oppression in a personal way.

Air Date: July 27, 2020

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Althea Gibson

Althea Gibson

Althea Gibson was the first Black player to win the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open singles championships.

Air Date: July 20, 2020

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Ann Preston (Unknown photographer / Public domain)

Ann Preston

Ann Preston, a pioneer women doctor, was a Philadelphia physician and educator who fought for the rights of women to learn, practice, and teach medicine in the nineteenth cent

Air Date: July 13, 2020

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking with supporters on November 2, 2016 at a campaign rally at the Intramural Fields at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona (Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America/CC BY-SA)

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton has served as secretary of state, senator from New York, first lady of the United States and first lady of Arkansas.

Air Date: July 6, 2020

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Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep cemented her reputation as one of Hollywood’s finest dramatic actresses in 2003 when she received an unprecedented 13th Academy Award nomination.

Air Date: June 29, 2020

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Mrs. Francis E. Watkins-Harper, 1902 (Gibson, J. W. (John William, b. 1841)/Public domain)

Frances Harper

Frances Harper was a social reformer who agitated for abolitionism, civil rights, and women’s suffrage. She was also the best-read Black woman poet of the 19th Century.

Air Date: June 22, 2020

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Billie Jean King photographed by ©Lynn Gilbert 1978, New York (Lynn Gilbert/CC BY-SA)

Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King has 39 Grand Slam titles to her name and is praised as one of the greatest tennis players of all times.

Air Date: June 8, 2020

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Mae Jemison in Space

Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison was the first African American woman to become an astronaut. In 1992 she spent more than a week orbiting Earth in the space shuttle Endeavor.

Air Date: June 1, 2020

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Portrait of Susan B. Anthony taken in 1900, when she was 80 years old (Frances Benjamin Johnston/Public domain)

Susan B. Anthony

As an activist and social reformer, Susan B. Anthony was tireless in her efforts to convince others to support the women's right to vote.

Air Date: May 25, 2020

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Mary Barra First Female CEO Of General Motors (GM)

Mary Barra

Mary Barra is the CEO at General Motors and the first woman in history to head one of the “Big Three” American automakers.

Air Date: May 18, 2020

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General Ann Dunwoody's visit to Iraq on September 25, 2010 (U.S. Army Materiel Command)

Ann Dunwoody

Ann Dunwoody was the first female battalion commander for the 82nd Airborne Division in 1992 and the first female general at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in 2000.

Air Date: May 11, 2020

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Mo'ne Davis

Mo’ne Davis

Mo’ne Davis was the first girl to pitch a shutout in the history of the Little League World Series, and was the first African American girl to play in the competition.

Air Date: April 27, 2020

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