100 Women who changed the world, like a boss.
By: Ebrahim Aseem
Author of the book, “Why Men Cheat on Loyal Women”
98. Escrava Anastacia (Healer/Saint)
Worshiped in Brazil as a saint and heroine, Anastacia is considered one of the most important woman in black history within the culture of Rio de Janeiro.
As she grew up Anasatcia became the obsession of the owner’s son, Joaquin Antonio.
Very beautiful, it is said that all the white women around were jealous of her, so encouraged Joaquin to make her wear the slave mask. As a punishment for repeatedly refusing his advances, he raped her and condemned her to wear the iron mask for the rest of her life, only removing it once a day to eat. She lived for some years before the toxicity of the metal from the mask became poisonous.
She was performing miracles toward the end of her life. It became gossip amongst the poor that she could heal because she had found it in her heart to forgive the torture she had suffered, and that she even healed her owner’s son of some disease. At that moment she became a saint for many of the poor. Click the picture below to read more.
97. Flossie Wong-Staal – Inadvertently helped cure Magic Johnson like a boss.
First person to clone the HIV virus and map its genes, which helped to make the initial connection between HIV and AIDS. 1984
Native American activist, writer. Participated in a 1923 investigation that exposed the widespread corruption associated with white guardianship of Indian properties and oil leases in Oklahoma. (Yankton Dakota, 1876–1938) Click her pic above to read more.
88. Josephine Baker
First Black woman to star in a major motion picture and to integrate an American concert hall. 1934.
83. Ethel L. Payne
81. Judge Constance B Motley – Got paid to win arguments against men, like a boss.
79. Becky Hammon
First full-time female assistant coach in any of the four major pro US sports. (Spurs, 2014)
78. Audre Lorde
Caribbean-American writer, Civil rights activist, Black femininst 1934 –February 18, 1934 – November 17, 1992.
In the book, “Anacaona: Golden Flower, Haiti, 1490” author Edwidge Danticat writes,
She was born in Yaguana (today the town of Léogane, Haiti) in 1474. During Christopher Columbus’s visit to the chiefdom of Jaragua in the southwest of Haiti in late 1496, Anacaona and her brother Bohechío appeared as equal negotiators. On that occasion, described by Bartolomé de las Casas in Historia de las Indias, Columbus successfully negotiated for tribute that consisted of food and cotton for the struggling Spanish settlers under his command. The visit is described as having taken place in a friendly atmosphere. Several months later, Columbus arrived with a caravel to collect a part of the tribute. Anacaona and Behechío had sailed briefly aboard the caravel, near today’s Port-au-Prince in the Gulf of Gonâve.
Anacaona became chief of Jaragua after her brothers death. Her husband Caonabo, suspected of having organized the attack on La Navidad (Spanish settlement on northern Haiti), was captured by Alonso de Ojeda and shipped to Spain, dying in a shipwreck during the journey. The Taínos, being ill-treated by the conquerors, revolted, and made a long war against them. During a feast organized by eight regional chieftains to honor Anacaona, who was friendly to the Spaniards, Spanish Governor Nicolás de Ovando ordered the meeting house set on fire. He arrested Anacaona and her Taíno noblemen, all of whom, being accused of conspiracy, were executed. While others were shot, Anacaona was executed by hanging. She was twenty-nine years old.
74. Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Abolitionist, Feminist. Sparked Women’s Sufferage Movement, helped Black Americans & Women get the right to vote. (November 12, 1815 – October 26, 1902
72. Phyliss M. Dale
70. Peggy McIntosh – The 1st White Person to admit she benefit’s from White Privilege, like a boss.
In her 1988 article, White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, she confessed, “As a white person, I realized I had been taught about racism as something that puts others at a disadvantage, but had been taught not to see one of its corollary aspects, white privilege, which puts me at an advantage.”
“Whites are carefully taught not to recognize white privilege, as males are taught not to recognize male privilege.”
“Describing white privilege makes one newly accountable. As we in women’s studies work to reveal male privilege and ask men to give up some of their power, so one who writes about having white privilege must ask, ‘having described it, what will I do to lessen or end it?”
“I have come to see white privilege as an invisible package of unearned assets that I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was “meant” to remain oblivious,” McIntosh explained. “White privilege is like an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools , and blank checks.
69. Frances Perkins
64. Angela Davis
Counterculture activist, educator. with ties to the Communist and the Black Panther Party, Angela emerged in the 1960s as a leading feminist voice deeply passionate about abolishing the prison-industrial complex.
59. Annie Dodge Wauneka
Navajo Nation leader, first woman elected to serve on the Navajo Tribal Council. Her efforts to educate her people about the prevention and treatment of disease, especially tuberculosis, saved many Navajo lives. She served as the catalyst to improving Navajo health care in general, bringing the issue to the forefront in the political arena. In 1963, Wauneka was awarded the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom for her service to the Navajo. (1910-1997)
On the afternoon of 9 October 2012, Yousafzai boarded her school bus in the northwest Pakistani district of Swat. A gunman asked for her by name, then pointed a pistol at her and fired three shots. One bullet hit the left side of Yousafzai’s forehead, traveled under her skin through the length of her face, and then went into her shoulder. After she regained consciousnesses, the Taliban reiterated their intent to kill Yousafzai
The assassination attempt sparked a international outpouring of support for Yousafzai. Deutsche Welle wrote in January 2013 that Yousafzai may have become “the most famous teenager in the world.”
51. Rosa Parks – Curved a White man during segregation like a boss.
She wasn’t just “tired”. She strategically planned for over a year her refusal to give up her seat, sparking the desegregation movement in the U.S. 1955.
However, Anne Benna Sims and Nora Kimball, who were with the ABT in the early and mid-1980s respectively, preceded her. As of 2008, Copeland has been the only African-American woman in the dance company for her entire American Ballet Theatre career.
44. Billie Holiday – The Beyonce-pop-icon of her day, but could actually SING soulfully, like a boss.
Jazz singer. (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) With the soulful voice of Aretha & the social-consciousness of Angela Davis. This jazz singer’s song “Strange Fruit” helped bring global awareness to the unjust lynching of innocent Black men. Imagine if ‘Queen Bey” recorded a song like that for the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
37. Aretha Franklin – The queen of soul covered Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” & slayed it, like a boss. Click her pic bellow to hear it!
First woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 1987.
29. Hillary Clinton Signs up for those annoying ‘You’ve just won a free iphone’ website pop-ups using her Secretary of State Email address like a boss.
First former first lady in the United States to win elected office. 2000.
23. Mary Eliza Mahoney – Become a nurse without DeVery, like a boss.
22. Mary A. Shadd – 1st woman to tell a man to shut the hell up, simply by giving him ‘the look’ like a boss.
20. Lorraine Hansberry
Broadway blues, jazz singer & actress. First Black woman nominated for an Emmy Award, in 1962. (October 31, 1896 – September 1, 1977)
19. Margaret Sloan-Hunter
Activist. Joined the Congress of Racial Equality at the age of 14, founded the National Black Feminist Organization, The Feminist School for Girls and the Berkeley Women’s Center. (1947-2004)
11. Cathay Williams
10. Marie Curie
First woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice, the only person to win twice in multiple sciences, as a physicist & chemist, and was part of the Curie family legacy of five Nobel Prizes. She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris.
This Polish and naturalized-French genius conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. (7 November 1867 – 4 July 1934)
9. Laura Clay
6. Sarah J. Woodson Early
5. Arabella Mansfield
3. Queen Nzingha or “Amazon Queen of Matamba”
born in West Africa in 1583 and died 1663. Many women ranked among the great rulers of Africa, including this Angolan queen who was an astute diplomat and excelled as a military leader. When the slave-hunting Portuguese attacked the army of her brother’s kingdom, Nzingha was sent to negotiate the peace. She did so with astonishing skill and political tact, despite the fact that her brother had her only child killed.
She later formed her own army against the Portuguese, and waged war for nearly 30 years. These battles were a unique moment in colonial history as Nzingha allied her nation with the Dutch, marking the first African-European alliance against a European oppressor. Nzingha continued to wield considerable influence among her subjects despite being forced into exile. Because of her quest for freedom and relentless drive to bring peace to her people, Nzingha remains a glimmering symbol of inspiration.
1. Ida B. Wells – First Woman not to give up her seat, 81 years before Rosa Parks, like a boss.
Writer, Activist. Exposed “Black Lynching” to the world. Decided to keep her maiden name in a time when women were sold husband to husband as property. Thus, forced to take on the master (husband)’s last name, like a salve would take on a master’s last name.
By: Ebrahim Aseem
Author of the book, “Why Men Cheat on Loyal Women”
Motivational #SpeakLife vidoes: Youtube.com/RealNewsmagazine
I prefer COURTING over "talking". I resent society deems it "soft" for a man to be caring, chivalrous & monogamous. I'm tough AND affectionate. I aspire to be a father & husband. What you brothas get from having 5-minute sex with multiple girls who lack consciousness is beyond me.😒 No shade. Do you, but I just want forever with that one 💍👰💒👪🏡✈🗼 #EbrahimAseem #SpeakLife