USA TODAY honors women who have made a difference in our communities
“To be a hero or heroine, you have to give yourself an order.” – Simon Weil
There is something special about those who, in the words of the French philosopher Simone Weil, “give themselves an order” to be a hero or heroine.
USA TODAY’s Women of the Year project honors local and national heroines who make a positive impact in their communities every day.
Unfortunately, heroines are sometimes not recognized for their work. This project is an attempt to remedy that. Across America, USA TODAY readers submitted their nominations for national and state Women of the Year.
USA TODAY’s Women of the Year program is the continuation of our 2020 Women of the Century project, which showcased notable women in American history in the century since they gained the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment.
Stories will be added to this project by the end of March.
Meet USA TODAY Women of the Year honorees across the states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico. Read their stories
Some of the state honorees from USA TODAY’s Women of the Year.
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Women who make a difference are named USA TODAY’s Women of the Year
Our special Women of the Year show, featuring award winners sharing life lessons and inspiring advice, airs March 31 on USA TODAY’s YouTube channel and on the USA TODAY channel, available on most smart TVs and devices is, premiered.
Our special Women of the Year show, featuring award winners sharing life lessons and inspiring advice, airs March 31 on USA TODAY’s YouTube channel and on the USA TODAY channel, available on most smart TVs and devices is, premiered. Learn more
Our Women of the Year are brave, breaking records and overcoming adversity on the path to success. Their achievements vary, but all focus on the importance of improving life in their communities and in our country.
Our Women of the Year are brave, breaking records and overcoming adversity on the path to success. Their achievements vary, but all focus on the importance of improving life in their communities and in our country. Read the column
How did we choose USA TODAY’s Women of the Year? It started with nominations from you. In the end, a diverse panel of experts helped determine our final award winners. The panel has been critical to our work and we are grateful for their time and dedication.
How did we choose USA TODAY’s Women of the Year? It started with nominations from you. In the end, a diverse panel of experts helped determine our final award winners. The panel has been critical to our work and we are grateful for their time and dedication. Learn more
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Trans women of color create a network of support
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Mom gives away millions of diapers to babies in need
Aunts form the ultimate sewing crew to save lives
Mom puts together a cheer team for special needs kids
The doctor sets up a free clinic to help the uninsured
Shop USA TODAY’s exclusive Women of the Year merchandise collection and stand together for women’s justice. Shop the collection
Shop USA TODAY’s exclusive Women of the Year merchandise collection and stand together for women’s justice.
Nominate a woman for leadership or resilience for USA TODAY’s Women of the Year project. We are looking for women who will stand up for justice, inspire change, lift others up and give everyday women a place to see themselves. Fill out our form
USA TODAY’s Women of the Year. Above: Janet Murguía, Melinda French Gates, Rosalind Brewer. Center: Kizzmekia Corbett, Simone Biles, Kamala Harris, Nina Garcia. Bottom: Roopali Desai, Rachel Levine, Cheryl Horn, Linda Zhang, Heather Cox Richardson.
Illustration: Andrea Brunty, USA TODAY
These remarkable women are leaders and inspirational across the country. Their stories are as diverse as the honorees themselves. Continue reading
USA TODAY’s 2020 Women of the Century project highlighted the achievements of pioneering women in the 100 years since they gained the right to vote. Discover the stories, podcast, augmented reality experience and more. Explore the project
dr Anna Shaw and Carrie Chapman Catt, founders of the League of Women Voters, led an estimated 20,000 supporters at a women’s election march on Fifth Avenue in New York in 1915.
Photo: Associated Press, Illustration: USA TODAY Network
Read the Women of the Century Questions and Answers:
- Rita Moreno: About bravery, your journey and the importance of listening
- dr Mona Hanna-Attisha: Lead poisoned water in Flint, Michigan. She risked her reputation to prove it
- ruby bridges: She was 6 when she got into a segregated school. Now she teaches children to overcome racial differences
- Billie Jean King: On her way to equality in tennis life: “Nobody ever has it easy”
- Jessie “Little Doe” Baird: The language had fallen silent. Remarkably, she brought it back, saving far more than words
- Tarana Burke: About the power of empathy, the building block of the Me-Too movement
- Cristina Jimenez Moreta: She helped get DACA, now she’s helping young immigrants find their voice
- Helen Zia: She has seen hostilities against Asian Americans before. “We didn’t learn enough or some people forgot”
- Dolores Huerta: At 90, the union leader is still working to make a difference
- Gloria Estefan: ‘Be in every moment, that’s the only thing you really have that’s guaranteed’
- Madeleine Albright: How she became foreign minister, how she speaks up as a woman and how important it is to denounce injustice
Published March 16, 2023 at 23:26 UTC
Updated March 24, 2023 at 13:45 UTC