MEET SOME OF PHILADELPHIA'S FIERCEST BLACK WOMEN LEADERS

 They range from the first black woman known to be born in Philadelphia (1694) — who ran a ferry business during colonial times — to the woman whose childhood experiences led her to become a surgeon and medical advisor to celebrities. 

ALL OF THE WOMEN

BRING IT

AS ACTIVISTS

From community and movement work, business and civic institutions, education, faith, medicine, law and government, journalism, sports, and the arts; they have had larger-than-life impact on the city, the country, and the world. 

Click on each photo to learn more. 

 

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Harriet Tubman (Araminta Ross)

(1820–1913) Abolitionist | Conductor on the Underground Railroad Union Spy | Nurse “There was one of the two things I had a right to, liberty or death. If I could not have one I would take the other, for no man should take me alive. I should fight for liberty as long as my strength lasted.”