Check out some of the many stories we've written about Black leaders (mostly women!) in our region and nationally:
- Madame Luella Boyer
Everett’s first Black female business owner.
- Bertha Pitts Campbell
The first Black woman to exercise the right to vote on YWCA's board.
- Corrine Carter
Seattle’s first Black policewoman, and one of the two first black policewomen in the country.
- Stormé DeLaverie
The Black lesbian who played a crucial role at the Stonewall Uprising.
- Dorothy Hollingsworth
The first Black woman school board member in Washington State.
- Florise Spearmen & Dorothy West Williams
Previously trained at YWCA, they became Boeing's first Black employees.
- Phillis Wheatley
The first Black woman to publish a book in America.
- Dr. Carter G. Woodson
The founder of Black History Month.
- Gertrude Harvey Wright & Ruby Bishop
The Black women and musician union members who helped saved jazz in Seattle.
Help support black community members today who are boldly making change in their own lives and the lives of others. Advocate with YWCA for policies that support Black women and families, and save the date for our 10th annual Seattle Stand Against Racism event featuring Ijeoma Oluo.
Annalee Schafranek is the Marketing & Editorial Director at YWCA. She contributes agency news, press releases, and media coverage to the website. Annalee’s educational and professional experience has always focused on the place where gender equity and media meet.
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