As part of my Women’s History Month Badass Women series, I’m highlighting super cool women we don’t often see in history books. One such woman, who is particularly badass considering she challenged well-known mobsters of the time for her piece of the New York numbers racket scene, is Stephanie St. Clair.
St. Clair used profits from her illegal numbers racket to improve her Harlem community. She advocated for voting rights and spoke out against police brutality, taking out newspaper ads and funding community projects. Her life story is a fascinating one, and it’s well worth reading in its entirety: here’s a great Rejected Princesses post about St. Clair.
Thank you, Stephanie St. Clair!