I know what you’re thinking—if they’re so historic, why don’t I already know about them? Well, the short answer is because we live in a patriarchal world where women’s voices and stories, especially those of color, are often erased. And honestly, it really, really sucks, because since the dawn of time, women have been getting it done—from building empires to burning down regimes (and that’s on a slow day!). There is no list long enough to account for all the badass things Black women have done throughout history, but hopefully this will be enough to pique your interest to learn more. Let these ladies inspire you to incorporate some of their badass energy into your own life (and maybe even spark a petition for a Netflix Originals biopic or two? Who knows!)
1. The Politician: Shirley Chisholm (USA)
Most Known For
Surviving three assassination attempts in her historic presidential run (and this amazing, insta-worthy image)
Get to Know Her
Before there was a Kamala Harris; there was a Shirley Chisholm, pioneering the way for Black women in politics. Chisholm was a lot of firsts; the first African American woman elected to Congress, as well as the first Black woman to run for the nomination of a major party for the President of the United States. Her 1972 run for the White House was as ambitious as it was historic, with Chisholm having to battle both sexism…
I know what you’re thinking-if they’re so historic, why don’t I already know about them? Well, the short answer is because we live in a patriarchal world where women’s voices and stories, especially those of color, are often erased.
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