Michelle-Obama-Addresses-Women-Columnists-Before-Big-Speech-MainPhotoUPDATED June 17th, 2017

It takes a woman of strength to forge through uncertain times. Black History Month reminds us to look back at some of the pioneering African-American women who changed history, and the individual character traits they demonstrated—from which we can all learn a lesson or two.

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1). Elizabeth Freeman (1742-1829) was a good listener; amidst serving her master and the affluent men he dined with, Freeman learned how the Bill of Rights held that “all men were born free and equal.” Realizing the value of this legislative information, Freeman successfully sued the state of Massachusetts in 1781, becoming the first female slave under the state’s constitution to garner her freedom. She went on to become a well-known midwife and nurse.

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