Female inventors: Bessie Blount Griffin
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Female inventors: Bessie Blount Griffin

Bessie Virginia Blount (November 24, 1914 – December 30, 2009) was a physical therapist, inventor, and forensic scientist also known by her married name, Bessie Blount Griffin. By the time she completed sixth grade, she had exhausted the academic resources for black children in her community. The family relocated to New Jersey, and Bessie continued her self-study, earning … Continue reading

Female inventors: Marie Van Brittan Brown
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Female inventors: Marie Van Brittan Brown

Marie Van Brittan Brown was an African-American inventor, becoming the originator of the home security system in 1966, along with her husband Albert Brown, a patent was granted in 1969. Brown’s system had a set of four peep-holes and a camera that could slide up and down to look at each one. Anything and everything the camera picked … Continue reading

Women you should know: Winnie Mandela
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Women you should know: Winnie Mandela

Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela was born, the fifth of nine children, in the village of Mbongweni, Bizana, in the Transkei on 26 September 1936. During her infant years her father, Columbus, was a local history teacher. In later years he was the minister of the Transkei Governments’ Forestry and Agriculture Department during Kaizer Matanzima’s rule. Her mother, Nomathamsanqa Mzaidume … Continue reading

Women you should know : Sojourner Truth
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Women you should know : Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth was an African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, Ulster County, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. Watch a short biography video about Sojourner Truth, the abolitionist and former slave best known for her 1851 speech “Ain’t I a Woman?”   … Continue reading