Knowledge Base

Expand what you know about women in diverse communities with readings, films, and historical facts.

  • Learn about Jane Cooke Wright (1919-2013) – the first Black woman to be named associate dean of a nationally recognized medical institution. When appointed in 1967, she was the highest ranking Black woman at a U.S. medical school. 
  • Maggie Lena Walker was the first Black woman to found a bank in the U.S. Born to enslaved parents in 1864, she was a prominent business leader at the turn of the century, and spoke out for equal rights and fair employment throughout her life.

Understand your own biases. 

Do you have suggestions for other resources to add to the list? Email Jonnie Mae Perry, AAUW Florida Diversity and Inclusion Committee chair.