African Woman Who Changed Our World hyPatia and folorunsho alakija

Hypatia: One Of The Greatest Woman In Egypt

Born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt (c. 355 CE?-415 CE) when the Romans conqeured Egypt.

How Did Hypatia Interrupt The Single Stories That Exist For African Woman?

Hypatia was a very famous mathmetician and astronamer, and she was female where as back then, there were very few educated African woman who also taught.

When And How Did Hypatia Struggle As A Woman?

As a woman, Hypatia was a main target for Orestes and Cyril, Christian governors who insisted that Hypatia was a witch and conducted satanic rituals. Although she was a pagan, the fact that she was a woman made it much more believable. This lead to her gruesome death.

Note- Hypatia was black but historians decided to make her white.

Folorunsho Alakija: One Of The Richest Woman In Africa

Alakija was born in 1951 in Ikorodu, Nigeria. She is a self-made billlionare ( 1.6B) and was one of the very few woman to make it onto Forbes Magazine. Alakija earned her position in the top 50 richest woman in Africa by starting up her tailoring company, Supreme Stitches, and getting vice chair of Famfa Oil, a Nigerian oil exploration company.

What Work Is Folorunsho Alakija Doing To Break The Gender Stereotype?

65 year old Folorunsho Alakija is now the second wealthiest African woman alive, proving that woman can be as wealthy, powerful, and educated as men.

What Impact Is Folorunsho Alakija Making For People Today?

Along with often donating to charities, Alakija started a foundation, Rose Of Sharon Foundation, directed to helping Nigerian orphans who are not accepted in their communities.

Fun Fact- Folorunsho Alakija unseated Oprah Winfrey as the richest woman of African descent in the world.

What Do Both Of Their Stories Tell Us About Woman's Struggles Throughout History

This tells us how throughout history, they both constantly had to work for what they had and got. Alakija lost everything and had to earn her earnings all over again. Hypatia was targeted because she was female, but despite all the threats she got, she still kept teaching and empowering.


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