Catherine Gale, famously portrayed by Honor Blackman, was the first to wear a leather bodysuit on television. Foxy Brown is considered film's first black female action hero, and Chun Li in Street Fighter II the first female protagonist in a fighting video game. What do these figures have in common and what messages do they send?
Gladys L. Knight is a freelance writer. She is the author of Greenwood's Icons of African American Protest: Trailblazing Activists of the Civil Rights Movement.
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