African American women have contributed to many various fields throughout history including art, science, business, athletics, activism, education and more. More recently their accomplishments are becoming more well known and African American women continue to contribute to these fields today.
Madame C.J Walker
Madame C.J. Walker was the first female African-American millionaire. She was born in 1867 and created a line of hair-care products for African American women.
Coretta Scott King
Coretta Scott King was born in 1927 and worked alongside her husband, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act. She also participated in the Montgomery bus boycott and other civil rights endeavors.
Ida Bell Wells
Ida Bell Wells worked to fight against lynching of African Americans as an activist and a writer. She was born in 1862 and also worked towards women's suffrage in the early 20th century.
Ma Rainey (born Gertrude Pridgett) was known as the "Mother of the Blues" for her blues singing in the early 20th century. Ma Rainey was born in 1886 and became a prolific live performer and recording artist.
Althea Gibson was born in 1927 and became a champion tennis player, although she was forced to play in segregated leagues. In 1950 she competed in the U.S Open, making her the first black woman to do so.