16 Badass Women That You Probably Didn't Learn About In History Class
Prepare to be blown away.
Fanny Eaton, who was a Jamaican born pre-Raphaelite muse.
Bessie Coleman, who was the first African-American and Native American woman to hold a pilot license.
Mary Kenner, who developed the sanitary belt.
Evelyn Dove, who played a huge part in popularising jazz music in the UK.
Claudia Jones, who founded Britain’s first major black newspaper.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe, whose musical talent played a huge role in the birth of Rock & Roll.
Lilian Bader, who was one of the first black women to join the British Armed Forces in 1941.
Dorothy Dandridge, who was considered to be one of the most talented and successful black actresses in history.
Shirley Chisholm, who was the first African American person to run for president.
Miriam Makeba, who made a global impact with her South African music, and as an advocate against apartheid.
Audre Lorde, whose writing on race, sexuality, and gender was way ahead of its time.
Claudette Colvin, who refused to give up her seat on the bus nine months before Rosa Parks did.
Margaret Busby, who was the first black woman book publisher (and also the youngest book publisher) in Britain
Marsha P. Johnson, a transgender activist who played a vital role in the gay rights movement.
Joan Armatrading, who was the first British woman nominated for a Grammy in the blues category.
Mae Jemison, the first black woman to go to space.
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