The telling 1940 autobiography A Colored Woman in a White World recounts the remarkable life of Mary Church Terrell, one of the first Black American women to earn a college degree, a suffragist and civil rights advocate, and a woman who met and worked beside the titans of Black American history, from Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington, to her contemporaries Ida B. Wells and white suffragist leader Susan B. Anthony.
Terrell was born into the Reconstruction Era Black elite of Memphis, Tennessee on September 23, 1863—her father was the South’s first African American millionaire, and her...
The last sovereign monarch of Hawaii was Lili’uokalani (born September 2, 1838). She was a composer, an author, and the only Queen Regnant (woman ruling as a “king” and not just a spouse). Learn more about her valiant effort to defend her people's sovereignty.
As August draws to a close, we want to acknowledge two Brave Sis Birthdays!
Dancer Sono Osato, born August 29. 1919, and labor rights activist Luisa Moreno, born on August 30, 1907.
Despite being born and raised in a time where Chinese immigration was banned in the U.S., and families like hers were subject to horrific discrimination, Hazel Ping Lee had a verve for life. She learned to drive in her hometown of Portland, OR—and soon after, she learned to fly an airplane. It was love at first sight. She felt free in the air, and she loved bucking the conventional idea of what a Chinese young woman was supposed to do.
When Japan invaded China in 1933, she went to her ancestral homeland, hoping to fight in...