Mary Eliza Mahoney was the 1st African-American RN. In 1878, at age 33, she was admitted into the nursing program at New England Hospital for Women & Children, Roxbury, MA. 16 months later, she was one of 4 who completed the course(of 42 who started with her). In 1908, she co-founded the Nat. Assoc. of Colored GN's(NACGN). In 1936, the NACGN created an award in honor of Mahoney for women who contributed to racial integration in nursing. In 1976, she was inducted into the Nursing Hall of…
Nella Larsen, an acclaimed novelist of the Harlem Renaissance, became the first African American woman to win a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. Most famous for her two books, "Passing" and "Quicksand", she disappeared from the public eye after a plagiarism accusation and a high-profile divorce. She spent the last 30 years of her life in obscurity as a nurse in New York City. (The plagiarism was never proven. rw)
Waris Dirie biography and accomplishments - Circumcised at the age of 3 in the name of tradition, Waris Dirie has made the fight against female genital mutilation the major combat of her life. She decided to talk publicly to the media about the female circumcision she was subjected to; She was later appointed as goodwill ambassador for the United Nations by Kofi Annan.
Lucy Craft Laney: "After teaching 10 years... in 1883 she opened her own school in the basement of Christ Presbyterian Church in Augusta, Georgia. Among the graduates of Haines Institute were Mary McLeod Bethune, Charlotte Hawkins Brown, Nannie Helen Burroughs, Joseph Simeon Flipper, & Frank Yerby. Because of her work in education, she was one of the first African Americans to have her portrait displayed in the state capital in Atlanta." Found on African Heritage City on Facebook
"Jane M. Bolin was the first Black woman graduate of Yale Law School and the first Black woman in the United States to become a judge. She is pictured here in July 1939, shortly after her appointment by New York City mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia, which made news all over the world. Judge Bolin retired in 1979 after 40 years as a judge - but only because she had reached the mandatory retirement age of 70. She died at age 98 in 2007."
Willa Brown Chappell , born in 1906 . In 1938 , she became the first woman Black pilot licensed in the united states and in 1943 , the first African American Woman to possess a commercial pilot and mechanic's licence
Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin (8/31/1842 - 3/13/1924) was responsible for the merger of other African American women's organizations into the National Association of Colored Women in 1896. She had previously founded the American Woman Suffrage Association of Boston with Julia Ward Howe and Lucy Stone, and was a member of several other predominantly white women's organizations. Her husband, George Lewis Ruffin, was the first African American graduate of Harvard Law School. #TodayInBlackHistory