Queen Nzinga: Who Was She? Queen Nzinga saw the white man come to Africa and take shares of her land. Not only did they take shares of her land, but he kidnapped her people into a life of slavery overseas, in what the white man called “the new world”. She swore to fight the Portuguese … Read more
Before there was the French Quarter, there was Storyville. New Orleans’ Red Light District was established in 1897 and named for city alderman Sidney Story, who wrote the ordinance that created the district. It was the first district in the United States that attempted to regulate prostitution of women by designating a specific district for … Read more
When most people think of astronauts, they tend to think of men. But there have been many incredible women who have also taken to the stars – literally. But women have played an essential part in space exploration as well as being trailblazing scientists. Here’s a list of some of the most notable female astronauts. … Read more
Mary Lumpkin: What Is She Known For? Mary Lumpkin was born in the peak of slavery in the United States. Slaves were considered mere property, and were sold for the owners’ benefit, regardless of their families, children, and desires. Slave owners often maintained order at the plantation with brute force, and deliberately kept enslaved people … Read more
Tamika Catchings may not be a household name, but she is one of the most accomplished players in women’s basketball. A five-time WNBA All-Star and three-time Olympic gold medalist, Catchings has had a storied career. She is also one of the few players in the history of the sport to achieve a “quadruple double” – … Read more
Mary Lumpkin: What Is She Known For? Mary Lumpkin was born in the peak of slavery in the United States, and she herself was born an enslaved person. During her extraordinary life she would not only gain her freedom, but she was able to free a notorious prison slave and start a school devoted to … Read more
Her speech, Ain’t I A Woman, is still considered one of the most important and most quoted speeches in the history of the US. Quite an accomplishment for someone who never learned to read or write. A prominent feminist and abolitionist, she was the first Black woman to win a trial against a white man.
Miram Makeba: Birth & Early Life Miriam Makeba was first sent to prison when she was just 18 months old. It was 1932, the height of the Great Depression. Her mother, Regina Makeba, was a Swazi sangoma (traditional healer). She typically worked as a domestic worker, but she also set up an illegal brewery at … Read more
African-American women have always been major contributors to literature in the United States, yet often their stories are overlooked or undervalued. However, there is an ever-growing lineup of talented black female authors who are reclaiming their space and making waves. From the earliest days of African-American literature to now, these writers have created powerful works … Read more
Born as a slave, Harriet Tubman became the woman who led the most slaves to their freedom. She aunderwent brain surgery without anesthesia and was also the first woman to lead an attack in the U.S. military. These are just ways to describe Harriet Tubman, a woman who was born a slave, managed to escape, and instead of enjoying the life of freedom in the north – devoted her life to helping others.
Candance Parker: Who Is She? Candace Parker is the first female basketball player to dunk during an NCAA tournament, and is considered one of the greatest players ever. She is also the first WNBA player with 6,000 points, 3,000 rebounds, 1,500 assists as well as the first women to be featured on the cover of … Read more
Throughout history, there have been a number of notable queer women who have made their mark on the world. From Queen Christina of Sweden to Anne Lister, these brave individuals were not afraid to express themselves and live openly as lesbians, even when it was illegal or not talked about. Queen Christina of Sweden (1626–1689) … Read more