Ida B. Wells-Barnett: Crusader for Justice is profiled on Scandalous Women. Wells was a great Chicago woman, social advocate, writer, editor and teacher, and I can't think of a better way to kick of Women's History Month.
"Long before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus, a young school teacher refused to move from the Ladies Car on the train on the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad. When she was removed from the train, she sued and won proving that a woman of color could make her voice heard. Although the decision was later over-turned, Ida B. Wells-Barnett kept raising her voice, educating Americans and Europeans about the horrors of lynching, and other social injustices that were being heaped on African-Americans in the 19th century."
For more information:
Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Her Passion for Justice by Lee D. Baker
Ida B. Wells-Barnett A Warrior Woman for All Ages