Women’s History Month is a celebration of women's contributions to history, culture, and society and has been observed every March since 1982—at first for just one week, then the entire month, starting in 1987. This year's Women's History Monthis cause for a bigger celebration! 2020 marks 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the culmination of a decades-long fight for women's right to vote in the United States.
In appreciation of this milestone, we are recognizing women's achievements throughout history by attributing their accomplishments to the #thenumber100. Here is a select group of women we're spotlighting. Is there anyone else you think should be added to the list? Leave us a comment below!
Susan B. Anthony, an advocate for human rights, labor rights, equal pay and women's suffrage, was born in 1820, which was 100 years before the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
Audrey Sherman holds over 100 patents at 3M where she is a division scientist in 3M's Medical Solutions Division. She is the first woman and one of only 18 other inventors at 3M to make this achievement.
Margaret E. Knight (1838–1914) designed over 100 different machines—of which at least 26 are patented—ranging from flat-bottom paper grocery bags to a rotary engine. She was inducted into the National Inventors' Hall of Fame in 2006.
Alma Adams was elected to her third full term representing the 12th Congressional District of North Carolina on November 6, 2018. After winning a special election in November 2014, Congresswoman Adams was sworn in immediately as the 100th woman elected to the 113th Congress.
Annie Glenn turned 100 years old in February. Having suffered from disfluency herself, she became a nationally-recognized advocate for people with speech impairments and communicative disabilities. Not to mention, she is the widow of astronaut and former senator John Glenn.
Katherine Johnson, another centenarian who made it past 100 years old and who recently died, was one of NASA's few black, women mathematicians, the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and one of the central figures in the Oscar-nominated film, Hidden Figures.