15 Unforgettable Black Women Who Make Us Want to Stand Up & Get Something Done

Women of Black History

To celebrate Black History Month, we thought of many different ideas for how to honor the women who came before us, making change in the world through art; through the written word; through activism, industry, and civil disobedience. The list is legion. So here, we focus on just a few of those incredible women, women who made some kind of personal, indelible impression on us. Women who sparked us to understanding, or who opened our minds, or who moved us to our core. Women for whom we are so grateful.


From Sister Rosetta Tharpe to Maya Angelou; from Zora Neale Hurston to Billie Holiday, we honor you, we thank you, and we will always be inspired by you.


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