Black Women in History


In this Glee Tip blog we will try to review the lives of some black women who have contributed something valuable to society and changed history.

We always try and we like to highlight the role of women in history, women who have fought for our rights. We have talked about women artists, women inventors and celebrities in general, enter  here to see more about famous women. Many of these women have been black, women of African origin who have done extraordinary things and whose names we hardly know. The idea of this blog is to talk about some of them.

1-DRE LORDE (1934-1992)

Writer and multifaceted activist. She called herself a “warrior, poet, feminist, black and lesbian”.

He grew up in Harlem and worked as a librarian. Mother of two children, divorced and started writing. Years later he fell in love with a woman who would be his partner for the rest of his life in a residence for Mississippi writers from which he became an author.

Her great work was The Sister Outsider (“The Foreign Sister”), which is a collection of articles in which she criticizes that white women. She explained that what separates white women from black women are not differences, “it is the resistance to recognize those differences and face the distortions that result from ignoring them and misinterpreting them”. But his work is not limited to that alone. It is also very critical of the sexism practiced by black men.

2. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, primera presidenta en África

 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is a Liberian politician and economist. She studied in the United States, including Harvard, and there became the Deputy Minister of Economy. Later she returned to Liberia where she took on the role of Minister of Economy. In 2005, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf becomes the first woman elected president of an African state, following the elections organized by the United Nations.In October 2011, Ellen J. Sirleaf was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with two other women: Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman, for their commitment in favor of gender equality.


3.Madam C.J. Walker, primera empresaria millonaria negra

Daughter of slaves of Louisiana, Sarah Breedlove (her name at birth) was orphaned at age seven and was forced to face adult life, working as a servant since she was 10 years old and getting married at 14.

She became a business woman almost by chance: because of an illness she began to lose hair, and decided to create a product that could help fight baldness. That’s how he started to market a lotion that soon became famous.

Madam C.J. Walker created a complete line of hair products for black women, which was sold all over the country. She thus becomes the first black millionaire businesswoman and decides to use her fame and influence in favor of the rights of African-Americans.

4. Josephine Baker

Born in a very poor family in Missouri in 1906, Josephine Baker had African-American and Appalachian Indian origins. He married 13 years, but separated after a few months and dedicated his whole life to his great passion: dance.

This passion was the one that took her to different theaters in both America and Paris. It was in this European city where he decided to settle, adopting French citizenship. Josephine is considered the first black star but, in addition to her talent and her career in the world of dance, she was also greatly appreciated for her participation in the Red Cross and for her help to the French Resistance during the Second World War.


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