13 Famously Infamous Women

In honor of Black History Month, I’ve done a little research on some women who helped build this nation who where we are now. So many stories untold, these are only a few of the women who deserved to be recognized for their efforts. Here are 13 women you probably haven’t heard of, and hopefully will learn  a little something about!


  1. Suzie King Taylor
    1. 1863
    2. First black army nurse in United States History. Served with 1st regiment of South Carolina Volunteers. Born on a plantation near Savannah, Georgia.
  2. Faith Ringgold
    1. Born: October 8th, 1930 in Harlem, New York City, NY.
    2. Lived Near Duke Ellington and Langston Hughes.
    3. Known for her artistry. Did paintings, performance art, sculptures, and textile arts such as quilts.
  3. Ella Baker
    1. Born: December 13, 1903 in Norfolk, VA.
    2. Organizations:
      1. NAACP (1938-1953), Southern Christian Leadership Conference (1957–1960), main proponent of the formation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (1960–1966), Southern Conference Education Fund (1962–1967).
    3. Quote: Remember, we are not fighting for the freedom of the Negro alone, but for the freedom of the human spirit, a larger freedom that encompasses all mankind.”
  4. Diane Nash
    1. Born: May 15, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois.
    2. Coordinated the Nashville Sit-In, part of organizing the Freedom Riders, co-founded the SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) in April 1960, and had great influence in the Selma Voting Rights project, which led to the 1965 Voting rights act, and received the Rosa Parks Award.
    3. Quote:There is a source of power in each of us that we don’t realize until we take responsibility.”
  5. Septima Poinsette Clark
    1. Born: May 3rd, 1898 on the Joel Poinsette Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina.
    2. With a strong passion towards education (stemming from her upbringing, was one of the test cases that led to Brown v. Board of Education and joined SCLC in 1961 as Director of education and teaching. After leaving in 1970, she was elected into the Charleston School Board in 1975.  
  6. Fannie Lou Hamer
    1. Born: October 6th, 1917.
    2. Sick and tired of being sick and tired wa the phrase she used to describe the feelings of most African Americans in the 60s. Was an active member of SNCC and helped found Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDC).
    3. Quote: “I’m Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired”
  7. Daisy Lee Gatson Bates
    1. Born: November 11th, 1914 in Huttig, Arkansas.
    2. Moved with her newlywed husband to Little Rock, Arkansas, where she helped organize the “little rock nine” integration.
  8. Anna Arnold Hedgeman
    1. July 5th, 1899 in Marshalltown, Iowa.
    2. First black american to hold a position in the Federal Security Agency, sworn in
  9. Bessie Coleman
    1. Born: January 20th, 1896 in Atlanta, Texas.
    2. First licensed female aviator, barnstormer, parachutist, activist.  
  10. Mary McLeod Bethune
    1. Born: July 10th, 1875 near Mayesville, South Carolina.
    2. Deemed one of the most important African American woman of all time. Took particular care during the politic of both world wars; her accomplishments in ratio to resources were so impressive, Franklin D. Roosevelt deemed her a “great patriot devoted to advancing all Americans.”  
  11. Dr. Dorothy Height
    1. Born: March 24, 1912.
    2. Activist of human rights and equality for all people. Recognized as one of the great civil rights leaders; one of the “big 6”. Appointed in JFK’s Commission on the Status of Women.
  12. Margaret Santiago
    1. 1977; First black women to become registrar of a major scientific museum, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
  13. Mary Elizabeth Mahoney
    1. 1879; First black graduate nurse in the United States. 33 years old; Entered the New England Hospital for Women and Children to begin a 16-month course.

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