Dido Elizabeth Belle

The daughter of an African slave in the West Indies and British naval officer, Dido Elizabeth leveraged her curiosity and confidence to gain status and education in 18th century London society. She used her new-found knowledge and networks to speak against slavery.

WHAT SHE WOULD SAY TODAY: “I could have given up many times, but my thirst to know more kept me going—and the more I knew, the more I could influence.”

LIFE LESSON: Seek Outside Knowledge, Yet Retain Your Focus