Shirley Chisholm

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”

Ella Baker

“Until the killing of Black men—Black mothers’ sons—becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of White men—White mothers’ sons—we who believe in freedom cannot rest until this happens.”

Elizabeth Freeman

“Any time while I was a slave, if one minute’s freedom had been offered to me, and I had been told that I must die at the end of that minute, I would have taken it just to stand one minute on God’s earth a free woman.”
-Elizabeth Freeman

Harriet Ann Jacobs

“When they told me my newborn babe was a girl, my heart was heavier than it had ever been before. Slavery is terrible for men; but it is far more terrible for women.”
-Harriet Ann Jacobs

Elizabeth Keckley

“An act may be wrong, but unless the ruling power recognizes the wrong, it is useless to hope for a correction of it.”
-Elizabeth Keckley

Mary Lou Williams

“I have been tied up with music for about as long as I remember”
-Mary Lou Williams