'The Iron Lady' has nothing on these brave black women

The Iron Lady has nothing on these brave black women. While Meryl Streep is making headlines for her new role in this biopic about former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, women of African descent have a long history of expressing the steely resolve that made her famous.

Black female leaders have led slaves to freedom and faced bullets in the pursuit of justice, long exhibiting the tough qualities that made Margaret Thatcher great. As the world celebrates Thatcher with the release of the Iron Lady movie, let us also remember these “iron ladies” of African descent. Their powerful resolve and quiet austerity have significantly advanced the black community throughout our history.