As we all know, March is Women’s History Month. It is the month that we set aside specifically to celebrate the special accomplishments of strong women going against the grain. However, even during this month, the spectacular feats and rich history of black women can be overshadowed and ignored. So, let’s shed some light on a few of our powerful black Queens that may not be on the top of your mind!
Madam C.J. Walker – Sis gotta Netflix show for a reason! As we all know, she was one of the first African-American women to become a self-made millionaire. Born Sarah Breedlove on September 23, 1867, she developed African-American hair care products, becoming a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist. Her husband, Charles J. Walker, encouraged her to adopt the name Madam C.J. Walker, because it was more recognizable.
Wilma Rudolph – If ya don’t know, now ya know! Wilma Rudolph was an olympic track star, becoming the first American woman to earn three gold medals at the same olympic games in 1960. She was dubbed the “fastest woman in the world” at only 20! Talk about a claim to fame!
Shirley Chisholm – In 1969, Shirley Chisholm made history as she became the first African-American women to run for Congress and win. She served as the representative for New York’s 12th congressional district from 1969-1983. Receiving a Master’s Degree from Columbia University, she was a civil rights activist that undoubtedly paved the way for black women in politics.