August 26 of each year is designated in the United States as Women's Equality Day. Instituted by Rep. Bella Abzug and first established in 1971, the date commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, the Woman Suffrage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave U.S. women full voting rights in 1920.
Edmonia Lewis defied restrictions on black women and achieved respect in the art community.
Abigail Disney is a philanthropist and documentary filmmaker who focuses on social issues.
Nellie organized the Winnipeg Political Equality League, with the aim of advancing the cause of women's suffrage.
Robin Lim devotes her life to improving the birth experience so that all humans are born with an intact capacity to love.
Josephine Ruffin served as the editor and publisher of the first newspaper published by and for African-American women.
Frances Ellen Watkins was a prolific author and poet who devoted her life to speaking out against slavery.
Molly Melching, Tostan Founder empowers African communities to bring about positive social transformation based on respect for human rights.
Susie King Taylor was a pioneer in the struggle for African American women's rights.
Elizabeth Jane Cochrane (Nellie Bly) was a journalist who went around the world in 72 days.
Raden Adjeng Kartini championed education and civil rights for women in Indonesia.
Artemisia Gentileschi was a female post-Renaissance artist who tackled challenging themes.
Ada Lovelace was a ninteenth century woman who influenced the computer programming of today.
Alexandrine Tinne was a young Dutch explorer and the first female to attempt to cross the Sahara.
Chief Wilma Mankiller was the first woman to serve as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.
Dr. Carolyn Mazure founded the Yale Women's Health Program and is a forceful figure in the women's health movement.
Thais Corral gives women a voice in their communities through access to communication technology.
Womens Peace Movement of Liberia stopped the violence in through peaceful means.
A Powerful Noise follows these women, showing both the challenges they have faced in their societies due to gender constraints, and the victories they have achieved over poverty and oppression.
Viola Vaughn founded an organization that supports girls working to achieve academic success in Africa.
Constance Baker Motley broke through the discrimination against blacks, and was the first African-American judge.
Dr. Barbara Ross Lee became the first African American woman dean of a US medical school.
"During the years of our civil war, they [women] bore the brunt of inhumanity and terror... Yet, it is the women who laboured and advocated for peace throughout our region."
~Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Farkhonda Hassan is an Egyptian politician, scientist, professor, and women's rights activist.
Madam C.J. Walker used her business success to fight discrimination and open doors for others.
Mary Edwards Walker was the first and only woman to receive the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor.
Ghana has invested in literacy and microfinance programs for women, and it's paying off in business development and growth.
Women Heroes Of the Early West were strong, valiant women who broke social constraints.
This film promotes the education of the girl child in Afghanistan and Pakistan through Mural Art.
Mrs. Viola Vaughn runs "10,000 Girls," a project in Senegal, Africa, which aims to help girls in education and vocational training.
This important documentary sheds light on the "Womens Peace Movement of Liberia," and celebrates these unsung heroes. (excerpt)
"Women For Women" is about the Center for the Protection and Rehabilitation of Women and Children, in Prishtina, Kosovo.