5 Women of Color Who Were the First!

I have so been enjoying learning about different women! I find myself amazed at how many women I have never heard of- important women! Women who have made significant and measurable impact on our society and world. While women’s work in general is largely unaccounted for in History books, or is inaccurately attributed to men, Women of Color have far less acknowledgment of their contributions.

As I was looking for the stories of Women of Color to share on Social Media one thing became profoundly clear; we need to know these amazing women. We need to know their stories and their accomplishments. We need to reflect on how many of these women we do not know. We need to consider why that is. Most importantly, we need to make a conscious and intentional effort to familiarize ourselves with the accomplishments of Women of Color from the past, and be sure we amplify the voices of Women of Color who today are accomplishing great things.

Many of us wonder what we can do to make the world a better place. Learning about these women and telling your friends and children about them is one easy, tangible, and effective thing you can do! This is a win-win. The more we learn about what all women have done and are capable of doing, the more our own confidence and trust in ourselves and our capabilities grow.

So take a few minutes to learn a little about these women. And tell your friends.

Josephine Holloway, Established First Southern Girls Scout Troop for Girls of Color

” A woman named Josephine Holloway led the effort to make Southern states include African-American scouts. Not only did she organize multiple troops without the organization’s official sanction, but she fought a long battle with the Girl Scouts to have them recognized. She persisted for years until one of the region’s first African-American Girl Scout troops was established in 1942, the Girl Scouts’ official blog writes. Today, a camp bears her name and she is recognized as a pioneer within the organization.”
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Mae Carol Jemison, First African-American Women in Space

“Mae C. Jemison (born October 17, 1956) is an American astronaut and physician who, on June 4, 1987, became the first African-American woman to be admitted into NASA’s astronaut training program. On September 12, 1992, Jemison finally flew into space with six other astronauts aboard the Endeavour on mission STS47, becoming the first African-American woman in space. In recognition of her accomplishments, Jemison has received several awards and honorary doctorates. “ Read full post by clicking here.

Lorraine Hansberry, First Black Woman to Write a Broadway Play

“Lorraine Hansberry, child of a cultured, middle-class black family but early exposed to the poverty and discrimination suffered by most blacks in America, fought passionately against racism in her writings and throughout her life. Best known for her plays, Hansberry was the first black woman to write a Broadway drama; A Raisin in the Sun (1959) became the longest-running black play in Broadway’s history and made many consider Hansberry the most promising playwright of her generation, although her career was cut short by her early death.”  Read full post by clicking here.

Shirley Chisolm, First African American woman in Congress

“Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm was the first African American woman in Congress (1968) and the first woman and African American to seek the nomination for president of the United States from one of the two major political parties (1972). Her motto and title of her autobiography—Unbossed and Unbought—illustrated her outspoken advocacy for women and minorities during her seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.” Read full post by clicking here.

Bessie Coleman, First Civilian Licensed African-American Pilot in the World

“Bessie Coleman was born in Atlanta, Texas, in 1892 and soon joined her family in the cotton fields. In Chicago years later, Bessie decided she would become a flier. She had to go to France to find a school that would take her, as the skies proved easier to conquer than contemporary prevailing stereotypes. Fulfilling her dream sparked a revolution and led the way for new generations of dreamers and future aviation legends, such as the Tuskegee airmen.” Read full post by clicking here.

Learning about what other women do builds our confidence, inspires us, and helps us realize our own capabilities. Here are 5 Women of Color who were the first at what they did!

I hope you have enjoyed learning about these women and their important contributions to our world. One of the coolest things about doing this is that we start to look for contributions from women -all women- throughout history right into modern day. Just watch. It happens and it’s super cool!

Will you share some other Women of Color we should know about in the comments?

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