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Glory Iyere Professor Brooks ENG827877 Office MNB 155 (410)462-8558 mbrooks@bccc.

edu ICONIC WOMEN Many women have made undeniable contributions to the world throughout history. They have been pioneers in athletics, engineering, business, science, the arts, television and much more. The world is much richer for the achievements of the following women, some of whom are Amelia Mary Earhart, Billy Holiday, and of course, Oprah Winfrey. The many accomplishments of each of these women will be forever carved into our history and the overall history of mankind. They are just a few iconic women that defied all of the odds that were stacked against them. Amelia Mary Earhart, born on July 24, 1897; missing July 2, 1937, and declared legally dead on January 5, 1939, was a noted American aviation pioneer and author. She became the first female aviator to fly on a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Billy Holiday was another iconic woman and an inspiring singer. She was born as Eleanor Fagan on April 7, 1915and died at the age of 44 on July 17, 1959. She was an African American jazz singer that encountered racism everywhere. She was also one of the first African American women to sing with an all White American orchestra. That brings us to Oprah Winfrey, who was born on January 29, 1954. She is an African American television host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. Although she is best known for her multi award winning talk show, she has been titled to be the richest African American of the 20th Century. She is also, according to some sources, one of the most influential women in the world, and is a hero to all women and some men as well. There were and still are still too many iconic women to name, and theses previously mentioned, are just a few. It is very difficult to imagine or to estimate the price that many of these women paid in the aspect of loneliness, self doubt, ridicule, and insult; in the fields that were and still are dominated by men.