WOMEN

9 Influential Women In Black History You Won't Hear About In School

FILE -- In a Feb. 14, 2008 file photo Dorothy Irene Height  sits in front of her portrait inside the "Freedom's Sisters" exhi
FILE -- In a Feb. 14, 2008 file photo Dorothy Irene Height sits in front of her portrait inside the "Freedom's Sisters" exhibition at the Cincinnati Museum Center, in Cincinnati. Height, who as longtime president of the National Council of Negro Women was the leading female voice of the 1960s civil rights movement, died Tuesday, April 20, 2010. She was 98. (AP Photo/David Kohl/file)

The conversation surrounding influential moments and people in black history often focuses on the contributions of men — leaving the vital efforts of black women by the wayside.

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