Updated: Dec 23, 2020
With the election of Kamala Harris we decided to do an episode on Black women who were pioneers in their field. We shared a lot of names on the episode so we wanted to help you find out a little more about all the women!
Jackson called himself a feminist on the episode and some people might be surprised, but anyone can be a feminist. It is a simple concept believe in equality for girls and women. PERIOD! So Men and women, boys and girls should all be feminist.
If you have not listened to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Ted Talk titled, We Should All be Feminist, we highly recommend it for children ages 10 and up.
"We teach girls that they can have ambition, but not too much ... to be successful, but not too successful, or they'll threaten men, says author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In this classic talk that started a worldwide conversation about feminism, Adichie asks that we begin to dream about and plan for a different, fairer world -- of happier men and women who are truer to themselves."
Names we shared on the episode--
Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune
Was born on a farm in South Carolina in 1875, Dr. Mary was the 15th child of former slaves, who rose from humble beginnings to become a world-renowned educator, civil and human rights leader, champion for women and young people, and an advisor to five U.S. presidents. Some people call her the First Lady of the Struggle. Many people know her for creating a school for Black students in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is now known as Bethune-Cookman University an HBCU!
She used to say without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible.
Dr. Alfreda Johnson Webb
She was born in 1923 in Alabama. After graduating from Tuskegee Institute, now a University that is an HBCU she attended the Tuskegee Institute College of Veterinary Medicine. In 1949, Dr. Johnson Webb graduated as one of the first Black American women to graduate from veterinary school, then went on to become the first Black American woman licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the US.
Dorothy Jean Dandridge
Born on November 9, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio, was a superb actress, singer and dancer who became a national and international star, and the first Black American female actor nominated for both an Academy Award for Best Actress in the musical Carmen Jones and later a Golden Globe for her performance in Porgy and Bess. She also showcased her singing and dancing talent the Westside black community was renamed for her, she was a star!
Madam C.J. Walker
She invented a line of Black hair products after suffering from a scalp ailment that resulted in her own hair loss. She promoted her products by traveling around the country giving lecture-demonstrations and eventually started Madame C.J. Walker Laboratories to manufacture cosmetics and train sales beauticians.
Her business expertise led her to be one of the first self-made millionaires. She was also known for her philanthropic endeavors, including a donation toward the construction of an Indianapolis YMCA in 1913.
Was born in Illinois, to formerly enslaved parents in 1869. As a girl, she was fascinated by hair and by chemistry. Ms. Annie continued to experiment with chemistry. With the guidance of her herbalist aunt, she began to make hair products catered to black women. One of her first products was a liquid shampoo.
These women all stand on the shoulders of Fannie Lou Hamer.