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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Clarice Herbert

(1916–2006) Executive Director and Consultant: Young Women’s Christian Association “My mother would want to be remembered as someone who was thoughtful, and as someone who was respectful and cared deeply about others.” —Ann Perrone, daughter