Women are the center piece of our society and shape our culture. African American women have impacted many movements throughout history. However, African American women do not get the recognition the staple of society that we control. African American women had a major impact upon the long standing civil rights movement. Although African American women do not receive their recognition in the history books the progression they made could not be erased. Emma Gaines and Fannie Lou Hamer were African American women that affected the constant fight for rights on the behalf of African Americans. Neither were “stars” of the civil rights movement, but they were important figures.