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.
Few women have revolutionized women’s tennis more than Serena Williams, whose powerful and precise playing style has won her a record 23 Grand Slam singles titles.
Air Date: December 21, 2020Listen 00:58
American diplomat & political scientist Condoleezza Rice was the first woman head of the National Security Council & the second woman to be named Secretary of State.
Air Date: December 14, 2020Listen 00:59
At the 2018 U.S. national championships, Simone Biles became the first female gymnast in nearly 25 years to win all five events.
Air Date: December 7, 2020Listen 0:59
Lorraine Hansberry wrote the celebrated "A Raisin in The Sun", the first play by an African American woman to be performed on Broadway.
Air Date: November 30, 2020Listen 0:59
Rosa Parks was an African American civil rights activist who became a symbol of the struggle for equality, when she refused to give her seat to a white man in a public bus.
Air Date: November 23, 2020Listen 0:58
In the late 1960s, Morrison became the first Black female editor in fiction at the publisher Random House in New York City.
Air Date: November 16, 2020Listen 1:00
Harriet Tubman is best known as an American woman who escaped from slavery to become one of America’s leading abolitionists before the Civil War.
Air Date: November 9, 2020Listen 1:00
Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and one of the world’s best known aviators.
Air Date: November 2, 2020Listen 1:00
Basketball coach Pat Summitt is praised as one of the 50 greatest of all time.
Air Date: October 26, 2020Listen 1:00
Wilma Mankiller is a Native American activist, social worker and community builder. She was the first woman elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.
Air Date: October 19, 2020Listen 1:00
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on September 22, 2020, at age 87, and the country lost an important pioneering woman.
Air Date: October 12, 2020Listen 1:00
Dr. Bernardette Healy, an influential federal health administrator, was known for her innovations and her campaigns to raise awareness about women’s health issues.
Air Date: October 5, 2020Listen 1:01
Oprah Winfrey is a well known television personality, actress, and entrepreneur whose syndicated daily show became the highest-rated talk show in the United States.
Air Date: September 28, 2020Listen 0:58
Ellen DeGeneres, the comedian, author, actor, dancer and television host, is best known for her quirky observational humor – often compared to Lucille Ball and Mary Tyler Moor
Air Date: September 21, 2020Listen 0:57
In 1946 a team of six young women mathematicians made computer science history by programming the first general-purpose electronic digital computer.
Air Date: September 14, 2020Listen 0:58