7 Inspirational Black Women Who Changed History ...

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Women are amazing and among them are some incredible black women who changed history.

Without some of the inspirational women of the past and present, the world would be a very different (and much bleaker) place.

But enough is not said about inspirational women in the discussion of key historical figures, and black women especially rarely get a look in, so here are 7 inspirational black women who changed history!

1. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

This is one of the inspirational black women who changed history who is still changing history today.2

She is a Liberian politician and economist who studied at Harvard University and became the Minister of Finance in Liberia, despite the fact she had a husband unable to accept her career.

In 2005, she then became (and is still) the President of Liberia, being the first female president of an African state.

She received the Nobel Peace Prize with two other women in 2011 for their pacifist commitment to gender equality.

2. Madam C. J. Walker

Madam C. J. Walker

An orphaned daughter of slaves in the second half of the 19th century, Sarah Breedlove (her real name) had a scalp disease that made her lose all her hair.

She developed and commercialised a formula to remedy hair problems and it became an immediate success.

Before long, she had a complete range of hair care products for black women, and became the first black millionaire businesswoman, using her influence to fight for race equality.

3. Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker was one of the most inspirational black women in history because despite being born into poverty in Missouri in 1906, she became the first black female star.

She separated from her husband soon after her marriage at 13 and became a cabaret dancer in the US before moving to Paris.

She also joined the Red Cross and aided the French Resistance during the Second World War, before opening a chateau in the Dordogne to welcome children from all over the world.

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