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1. Where Would We Be Without These Black Women?

Where Would We Be Without These Black Women?

2. Alice Walker

Alice Walker

3. Anna Tibaijuka (United Nations)

Anna Tibaijuka (United Nations)

4. Asha-Rose Migiro (United Nations)

Asha-Rose Migiro (United Nations)

5. Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde

6. Ayana Mathis

Ayana Mathis

7. Barbara Smith

Barbara Smith

8. Bebe Moore Campbell

Bebe Moore Campbell

9. bell hooks

bell hooks

10. Bessie A. Buchanan

Bessie A. Buchanan

11. Carol Moseley Braun

Carol Moseley Braun

12. Madame CJ Walker

Madame CJ Walker

13. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

14. Cynthia McKinney

Cynthia McKinney

15. Dame Eugenia Charles (Dominica)

Dame Eugenia Charles (Dominica)

16. Fannie Lou Hamer

Fannie Lou Hamer

17. Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks

18. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (Liberia)

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (Liberia)

19. Gloria Naylor

Gloria Naylor

20. Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks

21. Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman

22. Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells

23. Karen Bass

Karen Bass

24. Lorraine Hansberry

Lorraine Hansberry

25. Mary Church Terrell

Mary Church Terrell

26. Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune

27. Michaëlle Jean (Canada)

Michaëlle Jean (Canada)

28. Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni

29. Ntozake Shange

Ntozake Shange

30. Octavia Butler

Octavia Butler

31. Pearl Cleage

Pearl Cleage

32. Phillis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley

33. Robin Kelly

Robin Kelly

34. Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

35. Ruth Simmons

Ruth Simmons

36. Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm

37. Susan Rice

Susan Rice

38. Suzan Lori-Parks

Suzan Lori-Parks

39. Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison

40. Terry McMillan

Terry McMillan

41. Sonia Sanchez

Sonia Sanchez

42. Margaret Walker

Margaret Walker

43. Rebecca Walker

Rebecca Walker

44. Unita Blackwell

Unita Blackwell

45. J. California Cooper

J. California Cooper

46. Zane


47. Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston
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