Madam C.J. Walker
The Mother Who Made Her Own Fortune
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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.
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.
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.
One of the first anti-lynching advocates, she risked her life for decades to report on the truth when nobody would believe her.
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.
When she was told to "go do women's work" after upstaging the medical community in her treatment of Hodgkin's disease, Dr. Vera Peters revolutionized breast cancer treatment through years of painstaking, meticulous work.
This uneducated, impoverished activist suffered unbelievable abuse in her journey to be able to vote -- but that did not stop her.
America's ostensible first female self-made millionaire was a black beauty magnate who did it all for her daughter.