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The state of California was named after the mythical Black Queen Califia. According to the story, California was an island where only Black women lived. The women were the most powerful women in the world. When Cortez arrived in California, searching for this mythical queen, her influence on him was so severe, he paid tribute to this powerful Black Woman Queen Califia by naming the state after her. California literally means, “the land where Black women live."

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Juanita E. Jackson Mitchell was the first black woman to graduate from the University of Maryland law school and the first Black woman to practice law in Maryland. Originally denied admission to the University in 1927, she attended Morgan State College and transferred to the University of Pennsylvania after two years. With legal support from the Baltimore branch of the NAACP, which her mother headed, Mitchell was admitted when the university dropped their racial barriers.

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Dr. Shirley Jackson, the first black woman to earn a doctorate at MIT. Many other accomplishments/firsts, among them the first black woman to helm a a polytechnic institue (Renslaaer(. // 7 Black Female Pioneers in Education | Madame Noire | Black Women's Lifestyle Guide | Black Hair | Black Love

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As one of the most powerful women in history, Queen Elizabeth I, is a female soul that commanded all. For her strength and virtue, she is forever a woman who's name will live on..."A clear and innocent conscience fears nothing" ~ Queen Elizabeth I

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Amanda Smith, an African-American woman employed in the Long Beach Plant of the Douglas Aircraft Company. Between 1940 and 1944, approximately one million civilian African Americans entered the labor force; 600,000 of them were female. The proportion of black women in industrial occupations almost tripled during the war, rising from 6.5 to 18 percent. Los Angeles-area aircraft plants were among the first to offer them employment.

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