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Mary Dee Dudley, one of the nation’s first black female disc jockeys, was in the air chair at a special Hill District studio for what was then known as WHOD (860) in Homestead. (Pittsburgh Courier archives)

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1917 Katherine McCormick, first female biology graduate from MIT and millionaire philanthropist, aligns with Margaret Sanger and smuggles diaphragms into the US. Unlike condoms, diaphragms put control of fertility in women’s hands. Later she funds research that leads to the pill.

Female worker bottling ketchup at the original Heinz factory circa 1897. Pittsburgh, PA. @Gavin Raymond White

Bobbi Gibb, first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1966, running without a number because women were not allowed into the race.

Cupboard air raid shelter at a day nursery in the East End of London

"I want history to remember me not just as the first black woman to be elected to Congress, not as the first black woman to have made a bid for the presidency of the United States, but as a black woman who lived in the 20th century and dared to be herself." Shirley Chisholm 1968

Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist chronicles the life of a multiply talented woman who became a successful cartoonist. Ormes’s cartoon characters--Torchy Brown, Candy, Patty-Jo, and Ginger--delighted readers of African American newspapers such as the Chicago Defender and Pittsburgh Courier between 1937-56.

July 1938. "Slums in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania." 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

The Black Cabinet

Nineteenth-century American pioneers of women's suffrage Susan B. Anthony (standing) and Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Lenora Branch Fulani the first African American to achieve ballot access in all fifty states receiving more votes for President in a U.S. general election than any other woman in history.

Female pilot of the US Women's Air Force Service, 1943. Photo by Peter Stackpole

First Black women to vote in Ettrick, Virginia, 1920. These women, left to right, are Eva Conner, Evie Carpenter, Odelle Green, Virginia Mary Branch, Anna Lindsay, Edna Colson, Edwina Wright, Johnella Frazer, and Nannie Nichols.

DIANA FLETCHER, daughter of a runaway slave who took refuge with the Seminoles in Florida. His Seminole wife, Diana's mother, died on The Trail of Tears. Diana attended Hampton Institute in Virginia, a college for Black students later opened to Native Americans. She maintained her Black Indian heritage despite pressure to repress it. [More "Black Indians" and frontier people at https://www.pinterest.com/yrauntruth/poc-frontier-times-black-indians-cowboys-settlers/ ]

Delilah L. Beasley. "She was the first black woman to write regularly for a major daily newspaper when her celebrated column, 'Activities Among Negroes' started in the Oakland Tribune in 1923. She continued her careful coverage of the black community until shortly before her death in 1934. She was instrumental in persuading the national press to stop using racial slurs...[and] became an outspoken activist for civil rights for both black people and women."

Debs About Town members, posed on step outside of the University of Pittsburgh’s Falk School , 1941 via Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art.

Bernice Thompson :The first African-American female disc jockey in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. WDAS in 1952

1938 - Pittsburgh -- Arthur Rothstein

Black History Album .... The Way We Were

Wilma Mankiller - First female Chief of the Cherokee nation, Wilma Mankiller helped her people in incredible ways. She guided the male-dominated nation back to the traditional Cherokee gender-balanced outlook, increased high school graduation by 200%, significantly improved residential and manufacturing infrastructure, and hugely supported Cherokee-owned business that created training , jobs and income for natives of all nations. Her leadership did not lack some serious missteps and was at ...