Who is the most influential woman in the past 100 years?
Connie Terry, Wood River IL, Fine Arts
The women who fought for the right to vote, so not just one woman but many women. They were instrumental in the rights of women. Proving we had value, not just as property anymore. They took us from being just quiet homemakers and child-bearers to having a voice in society.
Shirley Johnson, Alton IL, OTA
I would say Oprah Winfrey. She has done a lot from where she’s come from and is still building her empire and is still helping others along the way.
Catie Camero, Edwardsville IL, Radio & Broadcast
Audrey Hepburn because of all of her work with UNICEF. Even after her career was over she still continued her work. UNICEF was even more important than her acting career.
Amanda McGuire, Brighton IL, Child Development
Ellen Degeneres because she has fought for LGBT rights. She also brings joy and gives back.
Paige Wolfe, Medora IL, General Education
Mary Lambert because she was influential in body positivity and LGBT rights.
Linda Walters, Kane IL, Director Assoc. Adult Education
I would say Kayla Mueller because she had courage. She has my admiration that she would go to Syria during these times. I wonder why she took the risk. What motivated her to make the sacrifice and risk her life? Makes me wonder and admire these extraordinary people that do this voluntary work.
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Sheila Vaughn, Alton IL, Coordinator Student Services
Vicki Hinkle, St. Louis MO, Director Adult Education
Julie McAfoos, Alton IL, Coordinator Student Services
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We all agree, Eleanor Roosevelt. She was a strong woman with her own voice, when that was not popular. She started several social programs and fought for the rights of women, African Americans, and anyone who was the underdog in society. She pressed for joining and supporting the United Nations. As her husband descended into ill health, she was his representative here and around the world.
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Nick Lowry, Macon MS, Radio/Broadcast
Angelina Jolie because of how giving she is. She also goes out of her comfort zone to give back.
Reilly Underwood, Jerseyville IL, Radio/Broadcast
Susan B. Anthony because she had the fire and energy to fuel the movement for women’s right to vote.
Kevin Smith, St. Louis MO, Radio/Broadcast
Michelle Obama because of her focus on health issues in America. In just a short amount of time she has made a difference and I think she will continue to make a difference even after her husband’s presidency is over.