CLOSE
Michelle Obama

Source: Rich Fury / Forum Photos

via Newsone/Written By A. Woods:

The month of March is recognized as Women’s History Month and is dedicated to the celebration of everyday women, as well as pillars and pioneers whose accomplishments have allowed for following generations to feel empowered to constantly break barriers.

Black women, in particular, have been accomplishing the unthinkable for centuries and NewsOne is highlighting some of these women and their feats.

The month-long celebration of women dates back to 1980 when former President Jimmy Carter issued the first Proclamation, which declared the week of March 8, 1989 as National Women’s History Week, according to the National Women’s History Museum.

In March of 1987, Congress passed Public Law 100-9, proclaiming March as Women’s History Month.

Check out a list of Black women pioneers in history and present-day.

1. Jennifer King, First Black Woman NFL Coach

San Diego Fleet v Arizona Hotshots

Source:Getty

2. Oprah Winfrey, First Black Woman Billionaire

Oprah's 2020 Vision: Your Life In Focus Tour Opening Remarks - San Francisco, CA

Source:Getty

3. Barbara Jordan, First Black Woman Elected Into Congress from the South

US Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, Head and Shoulders Portrait Seated in Congressional Chamber, Washington DC, USA, Thomas OHalloran, April 7, 1976

Source:Getty

4. Mariya Russell, First Black Woman Chef to Earn a Michelin Star

 

5. Mae C. Jemison, First Black Woman in Space

Mae C Jemison, first African-American woman in space, July 1992.

Source:Getty

CLICK HERE to read full story

Also On Praise Cleveland:
Kierra Sheard Shares Engagement Photos
5 photos