In 1917, Baltimore native Lucy Diggs Slowe won the first-ever championship match held by the newly established American Tennis Association, becoming the first African American woman to win a national championship in any sport.
What does it take to be nationally renowned surgeon? A really big brain seems essential, and Dr. Liebe Sokol Diamond certainly had that. An unwavering devotion to caring for others is also critical, and she had that, too, seemingly in limitless supply.
Historian and Goucher College professor Jean Baker played a particularly important role in making a place for women in public eye. The women's movement made her see that the crux of history didn't have to be kings and male prime ministers, that women and minorities have important stories to tell.