From Beyonce to Janice Bryant Howroyd, 14 Black Women Who Changed Business and Finance

Throughout U.S. history, black women have founded businesses, transformed industries, revolutionized television and media and created jobs — often without recognition.

Black women are the second fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs, after Latina women.

According to the 2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, "there are an estimated 1.9 million African-American women-owned firms, employing 376,500 workers and generating $51.4 billion in revenues."

And though their ventures still aren't being funded as robustly as those of their white male counterparts, black women entrepreneurs are responsible for adding thousands of jobs to the economy.

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