African Union celebrates powerful women


POWERFUL black female leaders from Africa and the world, amongst them a former head of state, authors, Nobel Prize winners and freedom fighters are the face of a bold campaign by the African Union celebrating African Women’s Day.

Leading the Africa’s Women’s Day campaign are:

Dr Nkosazana Zuma, the first woman to lead the African Union Commission.
Funmilayos Ransome-Kuti, a leading anti-colonial activist, educator and women’s rights advocate.
Aona Keita, writer, activist and the first in French-speaking Africa to be elected as a member of Parliament.
Asli Hassan Abade, Africa’s first female pilot.
Taytu Betul, Empress of Ethiopia who, together with her husband Emperor Menelik II, led the army to battle at Atwa that won against European colonialist aggression.
Miriam Makeba, Pan Africanist, anti-apartheid and civil rights activist. She was the first African recording artist to win a Grammy Award.
Derartu Tulu, the first African woman to win an Olympic Gold medal.
Maya Angelou, literary icon and civil rights activist.
Miriama Ba, feminist and advocate for women’s rights in Africa.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first African elected head of state in Africa and Nobel Prize winner.
Dr Condaleeza Rice, the first black woman to serve as secretary of state of the USA.
Michelle Obama, lawyer, author, feminist and the first women to serve as the first lady of the USA.
Aretha Franklin, musician, human rights activist and the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Oprah Winfrey, the first black woman to host a national TV talk show in the USA. She is also a philanthropist and entrepreneur.
Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi, founders of the global movement, Black Lives Matter.

Marie van Britten, the first person to develop a patent for closed circuit television security which became the foundation for the closed circuit TV systems used everywhere in the world today.

Sheila Johnson, entrepreneur and co-founder of the Black Entertainment Television and the first black woman billionaire.

Dr Gloria Mae West, the mathematician whose work led to the invention of the Global Positioning System (GPS), also an inductee of the USA Airs Force Hall of Fame.

Jeanne-Marie Ruth-Rolland, the first woman to run in a presidential election in Africa.

Cesaria Evora, internationally renowned award-winning singer and songwriter.

Toni Morrison, award winning educationist and the first black woman to win a Nobel Prize.

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