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 the images below to learn more about the forerunners who carried us.)

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Cordelia A. Jennings Atwell

(1843–1921) Teacher | Principal | School Founder “Education is a reality with the freedman now, a fixed fact. We have no quaint or rapturous expressions of thanksgiving or wonder to narrate, as when schools were first opened, and we introduced books with their mysteries. Schools are a system; we have classes like those in other regulated institutions.”