Five Inspirational Black Women

With Black History Month coming to an end and myself being a young African American young woman I wanted to share inspirational women who you might not have the opportunity to have learned in school or the people we do not mention.

The first woman I wanted to share is Mary Jane Patterson. She is the first African American woman to graduate from a college in 1862. Patterson earned her. Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College. Three years after earning her degree she was appointed to be a teacher assistant in the female department of the Institute of Colored Youth in Philadelphia. Later in life, she taught at the Preparatory High School for the Colored Youth, which was later renamed Dunbar High School; serving as the school’s first black principal from 1871 to 1874.

The second woman I wanted to share is Mary Eliza Mahoney. Mahoney is recognized as the first black nurse in the United States. Before she began as a nurse, she held many different jobs ranging from a cook, janitor, and washing dishes. She began working at the New England Hospital for women and children. At the age of 33, Mahoney entered the hospital’s 16-month nursing program and then earned her certification. She had a forty-year which allowed her to direct the Howard Orphan Asylum in Long Island and was a founding member of the group that became the American Nurses Association. After her retirement, she continued to fight for minority rights and in 1920 she. Became one of the first women to register in Boston.

The third woman I wanted to share is Maggie Lena Walker. Walker broke both race and gender barriers as the first woman to establish and serve as a president of a U.S. Bank. She founded the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank in 1903. Later in life, she served as a board chairwoman when the bank merged with two other Richmond Banks.

The fourth woman I wanted to share is Alice Dunnigan she made history in 1947 as the first black woman to cover the White House Conferences. She was mostly ignored until JFK became president. In 1947, she became chief of the Associated Negro Press and the first African American woman accredited to cover the. White House.

The last woman I wanted to share is Mae Jemison. She is an engineer, physician, and NASA astronaut. Jemison was just sixteen years old when she was chosen to be a part of the NASA astronaut program. She became the first African American woman to travel into space in 1992 on the Space Shuttle Endeavor.

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