In celebration of Black History Month, eJournal USA profiles African-American women who have made significant contributions to American culture and history. As leaders in business, politics, law, science, literature and education, these women have had a powerful impact in their respective fields. Pioneering not only African-American leadership, but also forging the emergence of women in public life, the biographical sketches gathered in this month’s eJournal USA look forward to the future in promoting the successes of the women of today.
Making Their Mark: Profiles of Contemporary African-American Women marks the contributions and careers of African-American women.
Mae Jemison: Doctor, Scientist, Astronaut. Dr. Mae Jamison was the first African-American woman to staff a space shuttle flight.
Leah Ward Sears: Lawyer, Jurist. Leah Ward Sear, the first woman, and youngest person, appointed to the Georgian Supreme Court.
Lynn Nottage: Playwright. Pulitzer prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage tackles controversial and complex social issues.
Discover all the profiles features in eJournal USA: Making Their Mark: Black Women Leaders including Elizabeth Alexander Mary McLeod Bethune Ursula Burns Shirley Chisholm Johnnetta Cole Cathy Hughes Condoleezza Rice Susan E. Rice
Making Their Mark: Black Women Leaders features articles looking back at the historical contributions of black women leading up to the civil rights movement:
Author Phillip Hoose’s article Claudette Colvin: The First to Keep Her Seat tells of the tactically significant case of the arrest of Claudette Colvin, who challenged the Jim Crow laws in 1955 by refusing to surrender her seat on a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama, arguably allowing Rosa Park’s same refusal nine months later to stand as a critical call to action.
Read all of the articles featured in eJournal USA: Making Their Mark: Black Women Leaders :
Madam C.J. Walker: Business Savvy to Philanthropy
by A’Lelia Bundles
Ida B. Wells-Barnett: Fighting and Writing for Justice
by Lee D. Baker
Zora Neal Hurston: Literary Legend
by Valerie Boyd
Dorothy Irene Height: Civil Rights Activist
by Holly Cowan Shulman