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Every day across our country, USA TODAY’s Women of the Year lead and inspire, promote and fight for equality, giving others a place to seek help and find hope.

They are strong and resilient women who have been champions of change and courage, often quietly, but with powerful results. And often despite its challenges.

Some women may have familiar names. Others may be new to you. Each has an inspiring and powerful story.

USA Today’s Women of the Year program follows the successful Women of the Century Project, which highlighted the achievements of leading women in the 100 years since winning the right to vote.

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  • Heather Cox Richardson
  • Janet Chicken
  • Nina Garcia
  • Simone Biles
Awarded Usa Today'S Woman Of The Year.  Top: Janet Murgia, Melinda French Gates, Rosalind Brewer.  Middle: Kizmekia Corbett, Simone Biles, Kamala Harris, Nina Garcia.  Bottom: Rupali Desai, Rachel Levine, Cheryl Horne, Linda Zhang, Heather Cox Richardson.
Awarded USA TODAY’s Woman of the Year. Top: Janet Murgia, Melinda French Gates, Rosalind Brewer. Middle: Kizmekia Corbett, Simone Biles, Kamala Harris, Nina Garcia. Bottom: Rupali Desai, Rachel Levine, Cheryl Horne, Linda Zhang, Heather Cox Richardson.
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Women Of The Year

Meet USA Today Woman of the Year honorees in every state, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. read their stories

Meet Usa Today'S Women Of The Year
Meet USA Today’s Women of the Year
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Women Of The Year

The first female vice president, and the first black and South Asian man to hold that position, has a message for American women: “You are strong.” Harris, who has dedicated her career to fighting for change and equity, spoke with USA TODAY about the first lady of the year honoree. She talked about how the pandemic “increased” gender inequalities, as well as the profound impact it had on the women they are. read the story

Kamala Harris, One Of Usa Today'S Best Women Of The Year
Kamala Harris, one of USA Today’s Best Women of the Year
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Women Of The Year

While their stories are as diverse as the women of the year honor themselves, there are similar threads: a belief in education and, often, a higher power. Gratitude to parents, especially mothers. Learned wisdom that many of life’s challenges are surmountable, especially with teamwork and determination. read column

Women Of The Year

Womankind is an inspiring video series from the Humankind franchise, featuring untold stories of everyday women doing incredible things. The women of Womankind are entrepreneurs, small business owners, children, mentors, volunteers, teachers, pilots, mothers, friends, grandmothers. They are changing the world one act at a time, one business, one relationship. See more

Womankind: Celebrating the women who changed the world

Women Of The Year

Our exclusive Women of the Year show will premiere on demand on March 29 on usatoday.com, on USA TODAY’s YouTube, Facebook and Twitter channels, and on the USA TODAY channel, available on most smart TVs and devices. , learn more

Women Of The Year

Girls Inc., a non-profit organization focused on supporting, mentoring and developing girls and nurturing their strengths, is the official charity of this year’s USA Today Women of the Year program. To advance the group’s work in growing women leaders, the Gannett Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to Girls Inc. make a contribution

Girls Inc.
Girls Inc.
Girls Inc.
Women Of The Year

Too often, young women – especially those who face interconnected challenges such as racial prejudice, poverty and adverse childhood experiences – lack access to the tools to help them develop as leaders. We all need to find a way to reach back and help give them advice. read opinion column

Women Of The Year

In 2020 USA TODAY’s Women of the Century Project highlights the achievements of leading women in the 100 years since winning the right to vote. Explore stories, podcasts, augmented reality experiences and more. to explore

Dr. Anna Shaw And Carrie Chapman Catt, Founders Of The League Of Women Voters, Lead An Estimated 20,000 Supporters At A Women'S Suffrage March On Fifth Avenue In New York In 1915.
Dr. Anna Shaw and Carrie Chapman Catt, founders of the League of Women Voters, lead an estimated 20,000 supporters at a women’s suffrage march on Fifth Avenue in New York in 1915.
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Women of the Century Read the Q&A:

  • Rita Moreno: On bravery, her journey and the importance of listening
  • Dr. Mona Hanna-Atisha: In Flint, Michigan, lead was poisoning the water. He staked his reputation to prove it
  • Ruby Bridge: She moved to a different school when she was 6 years old. Now she teaches kids to overcome racial differences
  • Billie Jean King: On her journey for equal rights in tennis, life: ‘It ain’t easy for anyone’
  • Jesse ‘Little Doe’ Baird: The language had calmed down. Remarkably, she brought it back, saving far more than just words.
  • Tarana Burke: On the Power of Empathy, the Building Block of the Me Too Movement
  • Christina Jiménez Moretta: She Helped Get DACA, Now She Helps Young Migrants Find Their Voice
  • Helen Jia: He has seen hostility against Asian Americans before. ‘We didn’t learn enough or some people forgot’
  • Dolores Huerta: At 90, Labor Leader Still Works to Make a Difference
  • Gloria Estefan: ‘Be in the moment, that’s the only thing you really have that’s guaranteed’
  • Madeleine Albright: How She Became Secretary of State, Speaking as a Woman and the Importance of Making Mistakes
Women Of The Year

Nominate a woman for her leadership or resilience for USA TODAY’s Women of the Year project. We’re looking for women who advocate for equality, inspire change, lift others, and give everyday women a place to see themselves. fill out our form

Women Of The Year
Women Of The Year

Hear personal stories of perseverance from USA TODAY’s Woman of the Year. There are names you know as Simone Biles and Melinda French Gates, as well as women you’ll get to know better in these vulnerable, authentic interviews that will inspire and recharge your motivation and drive. Pulitzer-winning columnist Connie Schultz hosts the weekly series, with new episodes beginning Thursday, April 7. Find it anywhere to get your podcasts.

Women Of The Year

How did we choose USA TODAY’s Woman of the Year? It started with your enrollment. In the end, the diverse panel of experts helped identify our final honors. The panel was instrumental in our work, and we are grateful for their time and effort. learn more

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