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2020 | BRITANNICA'S 100WOMEN
Celebrating the Centennial of the
From Seneca Falls to the Silent Sentinels, we present the 72-year fight to secure women’s suffrage in the United States. And while honoring the victory, we also explore the ongoing struggle for women’s rights. Through articles, timelines, quizzes, and media, we tell the story the way that only Britannica can.READ THE FOREWORD
Last year Britannica honored 100 trailblazing women who left their indelible marks on the world, whether conducting groundbreaking research or guiding others to freedom as a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad. This year we focus on the women who made their name at the ballot box. We highlight suffragists who helped secure women’s right to vote and the politicians who made history with landmark elections.
The suffrage movement was launched in the United States at the Seneca Falls Convention.
American writer Betty Friedan published The Feminine Mystique, a landmark book.
The National Organization for Women was founded and later became the largest feminist group in the U.S.
The Women’s March was held around the world to support gender equality and civil rights.
Women's history Quizzes
Featured Women's History Quiz: Famous Suffragettes
How much do you know about suffragettes, the “soldiers in petticoats” who fought for women’s rights?Take the Quiz 19th Amendment & Women's Suffrage
Women in the United States were finally granted the right to vote with the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. How much do you know about this important event and the people involved? Test your knowledge with this quiz.Women's History: Female Activists
From an undercover bunny to the founder of the Me Too movement, test your knowledge of the activists who’ve fought for women’s rights. Test your knowledge with this quiz.Women's History: U.S. Government Edition
How many women have served in the Senate? Who was the first female to hold a cabinet post? Discover how much you know about women in the U.S. government in this quiz. Test your knowledge with this quiz.First Ladies of the U.S.
They have been hostesses, helpers, advisers, gatekeepers, guardians, confidantes, and sometimes formidable powers behind the scenes. How much do you know about the first ladies of the United States?Women's History: Female Firsts
Women have accomplished some fantastic feats in the course of history. Test your knowledge of some famous firsts for women.
Women's history Journey
Discover the rule breakers and their breakthrough moments.VIEW THE TIMELINES
Roe v. Wade
Legal case in which the U.S. Supreme Court on January 22, 1973, ruled (7–2) that unduly restrictive state regulation of abortion is unconstitutional.Read more Muller v. State of Oregon
U.S. Supreme Court case decided in 1908 that, although it appeared to promote the health and welfare of female workers, in fact led to additional protective legislation that was detrimental to equality in the workplace for years to come. Read more.Adkins v. Children’s Hospital
U.S. Supreme Court case in which the Court invalidated a board established by Congress to set minimum wages for women workers in the District of Columbia. Congress in 1918 had authorized the Wage Board to ascertain and fix adequate wages for women employees in the nation’s capital. Read more.Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson
Case in which the U.S. Supreme Court on June 19, 1986, ruled (9–0) that sexual harassment that results in a hostile work environment is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bans sex discrimination by employers. The Court also established criteria for judging such claims. Read more.Griswold v. State of Connecticut
Legal case, decided by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 7, 1965, that found in favor of the constitutional right of married persons to use birth control. Read more.
Over the past 100 years, there have been a number of organizations that have been working across industries and countries, united around a singular mission of advancing girls and women.MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON