Vote until March 29 in our FINAL match up

Please vote for the following women in our Final match-up. We will announce the winner on Thursday, March 30. For the complete bracket, click march-madness-bracket 2

Final Two – Science vs. Advocacy

Susan B. Anthony –
A pioneer for the woman suffrage movement, Susan B. Anthony paved the way for the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Having grown up in a politically involved family, Anthony found herself being an activist for causes such as abolition. She later became a teacher, but was not allowed to speak at various conventions. This and her friendship with Elizabeth Cady Stanton prompted her involvement in the women’s rights campaign. Anthony traveled across the country and spoke for a woman’s right to own property and have labor organizations. In the 1872 election, Anthony voted illegally and was arrested and fined $100 – a fine she never paid. Anthony also aided in persuading the University of Rochester to admit female students.

Marie Curie –
This woman of science is known well in the scientific community for her work in nuclear physics. Along with her husband Pierre Curie, both shared a Nobel Prize in 1903 for their work in discovering radioactive elements polonium and radium. Even after her husband’s unfortunate passing in 1906, Curie continued her studies in the elements and later received yet another Nobel Prize in 1911 for her continuous work. She even played a huge for WWI establishing mobile x-ray teams in order to better aid the wounded. Curie was also known for journaling radioactive elements and compounds. It was her work on radioactivity that has lead to the use of these substances in medicinal field and for scientific experiments.

About March Into Women’s History

“I didn’t know March was Women’s History Month,” said a student who attended the Jandoli School of Communication’s Woman of Promise panel two years ago.

“That’s because all you hear about in March is college basketball and the bracket,” said one of our panelists.

“We need a women’s history bracket,” said Kimberly DeSimone, faculty member in the Jandoli School of Communication.

“We need a women’s history bracket,” echoed Pauline Hoffmann, dean of the Jandoli School of Communication.

An idea was born and a project was realized.

Two years later Professor DeSimone and Dean Hoffmann convened women from across campus – and one gentleman – to develop the idea and launch the initial Women’s History Bracket. Dubbed March into Women’s History, the initial bracket takes 16 women in each of four categories (STEM, business, government, advocacy) for a total of 64 women, much as the NCAA basketball bracket is constructed.

Please join us throughout March as we take our bracket of 64 outstanding women and vote down to the final woman. We need you!

Follow us and vote on social media and visit this site often.

Join the conversation! Do you know all of the women on the list? Do you think we missed someone? Tell us what you think. Share your thoughts.

To view the updated 2017 March Into Women’s History bracket, please click march-madness-bracket 2.

Here’s How It Works

Please go to our website ( to read about each of the dynamic women in our inaugural bracket. The women are divided into four categories and each category has a page on the website:

  • Women in STEM
  • Women in Business
  • Women in Government
  • Women in Advocacy

You may also view information using our Facebook (March Into Women’s History), Twitter and/or Instagram (marchintowhm) accounts.

Please vote!

The bracket and March Into Women’s History need you! Please take a look at the bios and vote accordingly. We generated the placements randomly, you may not like the placement of the women, but we wanted to make the process as fair as possible. Vote as often as you like. Share the information with your friends so that they may participate.

Join the Conversation!

Please join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the website. Tell us why you chose the women you did. Tell us who we’ve missed (there are so many extraordinary women in each category that there are bound to be some you would like to have seen). Tell us why Women’s History Month is so important. Share your thoughts.

Important Dates

We started our bracket with 64 women. We need to narrow that down to one woman! Please keep the following dates in mind.

  • Starting March 3, 2017 begin voting in the first round. You will have until midnight, March 7 to vote. We will narrow the field from 64 to 32.
  • March 8 we will announce the next round and start voting. We will narrow the field from 32 to 16.
  • The Sweet 16 will be announced on March 16.
  • On March 17 we will start voting to narrow the field to our Elite 8.
  • March 20 we will announce the Elite 8 and start voting to narrow to our Final Four.
  • The Final Four will be announced on March 23. Voting will start to narrow the field to our final two women.
  • March 27 we will start voting for our final woman.
  • She will be announced on March 30.