State-by-state: Network’s Women of the Century marks 100 years since the 19th Amendment
Philana Patterson, USA TODAY
How do you narrow down all the innovative, courageous, creative, trailblazing American women from a state or Washington, D.C. to a list of 10?
That was the task we gave journalists last fall in many of the USA TODAY Network’s 260-plus newsrooms as part of the Women of the Century project. And, at first, it felt impossible. We considered profiling more women, but with the demands of covering news, we had to be realistic about what we could handle – and that was before a pandemic swooped in and changed everything – even the date we planned to start publishing many of these stories.
We invited the public to nominate women. We met, we brainstormed, we researched, and we brought in historians, politicians, community leaders and others in the know to help us. CLICK TO CONTINUE