Mary Richardson Jones, 1820-1910

    Abolitionist, women’s rights activist, and philanthropist. A prominent figure in Chicago’s African-American community in the 19th century, operating a station of the underground railroad from her home.
    Category: Activism & Feminism, Philanthropy.

  • Kathleen Cleaver, 1945

    Civil rights activist, a law professor, and an African-American history expert. One of the most significant women in the Black Panther Party.
    Category: Activism & Feminism, Academy & Education, Politics & Leaders.

  • Pauli Murray, 1910-1985

    A lawyer, writer, educator, civil and women’s rights activist, and the first African-American woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest. Considered as one of the first transgender figures in US history.
    Category: Law, Activism & Feminism, Academy & Education, Religion & Ethnic Culture.

  • Mary Church Terrell, 1863-1954

    Suffragist and civil rights activist, one of the first African-American women to earn a college degree, and the first African-American woman in the US to serve in a school board of a major city.
    Category: Activism & Feminism, Academy & Education.

  • Shonda Rhimes, 1970

    An award-winning screenwriter and television producer. Best known for creating the hit shows “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” and “How To Get Away With Murder.”
    Category: Media, Activism & Feminism.

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