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From Scantily Clad Dancer To World War II Spy, Josephine Baker Laughed In The Face Of Traditions

History shows women who impact the world sometimes become overshadowed by male figures who do the same things. Josephine Baker facts prove she affected the world in many ways. Though her life is a rags-to-riches story, she led a full, engaging existence - from espionage to activism - making her impact on the world amazing.

History's Renaissance women have a special place in memory for breaking free from societal expectations. After growing up under the Jim Crow laws of Missouri, Baker moved to Paris where those who witnessed her dancing reconsidered what women could do or become. She later turned her attention to America's inequality, returning to fight against segregation and the racism persisting since the Civil War. Long before Beyoncé and other Black female celebrities, there was Josephine Baker, confronting the world by living her life the way she wanted.

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