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

Women you should know: Dolores Huerta
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Women you should know: Dolores Huerta

Born in 1930, Dolores Huerta is a labor and civil rights activist, mother of 11 children, and Latina icon. She co-founded the United Farm Workers Union along with César Chávez, brought women into the labor movement, and challenged sexism and racism. She also negotiated the first successful collective bargaining agreement by agricultural laborers in 1966. Despite … 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