I just nominated Laura Ingalls Wilder for the USA TODAY Women of the Century list.
Here is my 100 word or less (cut it to 99).
Laura Ingalls Wilder had an influence on the popular culture. She encouraged people to be brave and to continue on even when they are scared. To do what you have to do even against the odds. Her writing was a staple for classrooms for decades. Even people who haven’t read her books or seen the TV productions based on them associate Laura with American history and often reference her when they talk about history. It’s a good thing that the picture of American history we have is a female girl and her family rather than a bunch of generals.