A Life that Had no Limits...
Ladies’ Home Journal compiled a list of the 100 most influential women of the 20th Century in 1999. Their list included those who have made great impact in the world of politics, arts, science, sports, entertainment, travel, and other areas. Those such as Indira Ghandi, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Helen Keller were named. While these women have extraordinary history, one woman they all knew, was not included. Her name was Merze Tate.
This African-American woman lived through the eras of Jim Crow, Women’s Suffrage, Civil Rights, and many wars.
In 1935 she went on to become the first African American to earn a graduate degree from Oxford University, and in 1941, became the first African American female to earn a PhD in political science from Harvard University.
In 1950 she served as a Fulbright Scholar in India and her expertise in disarmament led to her being an advisor to General Eisenhower on international relations. She was an inventor, national bridge champion (bid in five languages) author of five political books and hundreds of papers and journal submissions, college professor at historically black colleges, and film maker for the U.S. State Department, among many other accomplishments. She was honored by such organizations as the National Urban League, the City of Detroit, and received many honorary degrees.
Tate’s name is new to many, however the impact she made on the world in various areas allowed her to leave her mark on the world for generations to come.