Celebrating Women’s History Month: 10 Inspiring Black Women

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March is Women’s History Month, and Black women have certainly made history, many charting paths that hadn’t yet been forged. For Black women in America, the duality of existing as both Black and woman has often created a complicated web of barriers, setbacks, and discouragement.

Through it all, change has come, history has been made, generations have been inspired through diligence, sacrifice, grit, and an unrelenting notion of possibility. The ingenuity that grows from survival, the community, triumphs, and lessons learned are all a part of the journey, too.

Throughout women’s history month, we’ll be spotlighting the go-getters, visionaries, and trail blazers who have inspired nations. Whose belief of self and their life’s mission created a lasting impact on this world. 

Though the list of role models, leaders, game changers, and heroes is long, here are 10 Inspiring Black Women you should know. 

Rep. Cori Bush

First Black woman elected to represent the state of Missouri in the US House of Representatives

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Mary Jackson

First Black woman to work for NASA

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Viola Davis

First Black woman to win an Emmy Award for Best Actress.

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Tarana Burke

Founder of the Me Too Movement

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Allyson Felix
13-time US Olympic Gold Medalist in Track and Field

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Ruth E. Carter
First Black person to win an Oscar for Costume Design

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Amy Sherald

First Black woman to create presidential portrait for the National Portrait Gallery

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Ella Baker

Human rights activist who led organizing efforts during the Civil Rights Movement

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Laverne Cox

First openly transgender woman to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award

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Ida B. Wells-Barnett
Journalist, activist and researcher who led a campaign against lynching during the 1890s.

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