Which 20th century African American woman made the greatest/most significant contribution to society?


  • Edward Harris - 14 years ago

    Oprah Winfrey

  • Ginger Johnson Harrell - 14 years ago

    Fannie Lou Hammer because she stood before all the others. She received less notice but is a giant before others like Oprah, etc. Like she said, "I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired."

  • Kathy - 14 years ago

    I chose Madame C.J. Walker because she knew the power of entrepreneurship & how it's important to build wealth within the African American community. She did the unthinkable for her time - an African American AND Woman successful business owner despite the crushing humiliation of racism. Without her tenacity and resolve, there would not have been an Oprah Winfrey, Russell Simmons, Sean Combs, etc.

  • ShannonRenee - 14 years ago

    Collectively they represent the strides Black women have made in this country. Each of their achievements were so different, including Oprah Winfrey in the field of communications, their accomplishments can't be judged against each other.

  • Alfred - 14 years ago

    I vote for Mary McLeod Bethune. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_McLeod_Bethune

  • Sunny Bird - 14 years ago

    Oprah Winfrey - came from a place of poverty and abuse. Yet she never let that hold her back. She used that adversity to make her and those that she touches better. She keeps showcasing new people and new ideas to make things better for all (men, women, and children), and her generosity cross over to all ethnicity.

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