Fannie Lou Hamer
The Mother Who Marched
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One of the first anti-lynching advocates, she risked her life for decades to report on the truth when nobody would believe her.
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.
Overcame polio, poverty, measles, mumps, scarlet fever, racism, whooping cough, and teenage pregnancy to make Olympic history by winning three gold medals.
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.
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.
Chicago detective whose crime-busting exploits grew so popular she had her own newspaper series and starred in her own movie.
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.
This mythical Native American woman saved her loved ones from starvation with delicious magical leprosy - a fact that led to, shall we say, complications.
This uneducated, impoverished activist suffered unbelievable abuse in her journey to be able to vote -- but that did not stop her.