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Founders of Girl Scouts, Mary Kay and Eleanor Roosevelt among USA TODAY Women of the Century

Surely, at some point in your life, you’ve enjoyed a box (or two, or three) of Girl Scout cookies. But do you know the story behind the organization and its founder, Juliette Gordon Low? You’ve probably seen Mary Kay makeup strewn across someone’s vanity. Are you aware of how that mascara or lipstick got there, and the powerhouse business its founder built? You likely know that Eleanor Roosevelt was married to a U.S. president. But did you know about her deep passion for philanthropy?  

To mark the 100-year anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in America, USA TODAY, in consultation with an expert panel, put together its list of 100 Women of the Century, recognizing those who have significantly impacted their communities and country. The women below represent the categories of business, nonprofit and philanthropy.  

Aida Alvarez

First Latina to hold a Cabinet position 

(1950- )

Aida Alvarez
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2020 was supposed to be the year women ruled the box office. Then the coronavirus pandemic happened.

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2020 was supposed to be the year women dominated the box office. They still will, but it may be with fewer box-office returns.
2020 was supposed to be the year women dominated the box office. They still will, but it may be with fewer box-office returns.

Marvel Studios, Warner Bros, Disney, Paramount Pictures

  • At the start of 2020, five of the year’s most-anticipated films — “Birds of Prey,” “Mulan,” “Black Widow,” “Wonder Woman 1984,” and “The Eternals” — all starred female leads and were directed by women.

  • For the first time, fans were seeing multiple female-led superhero movies come to theaters in the same year.

  • Then the coronavirus pandemic happened, resulting in delays and a jam-packed fall schedule that will leave films competing against one another for box-office dollars.

  • Even when theaters eventually reopen, will these movies even perform in the way they would have pre-pandemic? Industry experts predict the box office will have its worst performance since 1998

  • Even in a year where female-led films will most

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