The Olympic Runner Who Beat Polio
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In 1931, a seventeen-year-old girl struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in front of a crowd of thousands -- and then was benched into obscurity.
One of the first anti-lynching advocates, she risked her life for decades to report on the truth when nobody would believe her.
America's ostensible first female self-made millionaire was a black beauty magnate who did it all for her daughter.
The ghost of a tragically-murdered young child come back to haunt her mother in post-slavery America.
This uneducated, impoverished activist suffered unbelievable abuse in her journey to be able to vote -- but that did not stop her.
Chicago detective whose crime-busting exploits grew so popular she had her own newspaper series and starred in her own movie.
When her kid was stolen from her, this ex-slave successfully sued to get him back; she then went on to become a forceful speaker for abolition across the United States.
After decades of gaslighting and emotional abuse at the hands of her in-laws, this iron-willed woman survived being shot four times point blank, won a separation from her husband, and became one of the most respected business icons in New Orleans.
To save an oncoming passenger train, this 15-year-old girl climbed across a collapsing bridge, with nothing but flashes of lightning to keep her from falling to her death in the flooding river below -- a river that had already killed her father.
Overcame polio, poverty, measles, mumps, scarlet fever, racism, whooping cough, and teenage pregnancy to make Olympic history by winning three gold medals.