Women’s History

Yolanda King

13-Year-Old Granddaughter of MLK, Yolanda Renee King, Calls for ‘Work’ and ‘Action’

On what would have been the late civil rights icon’s 93rd birthday, Martin Luther King Jr.’s 13-year-old granddaughter Yolanda Renee King proudly stood in his place, speaking out to a crowd of supporters and actively calling for all of us to continue the work her grandfather started. Maya Eaglin of…

Maya Angelou

US Mint Begins Distribution of Quarters Featuring Legendary Poet and Civil Rights Activist Maya Angelou

Eight years after her death, acclaimed poet, author and civil rights activist Maya Angelou has landed another historic honor. She is now the first Black woman ever to appear on an official United States coin. CNN’s Sarah Fortinsky and Devan Cole reported that a new U.S. quarter featuring the late…

NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins

NASA Astronaut Jessica Watkins Will Become the First Black Woman To Board the International Space Station

Jessica Watkins is set to make history next year. When NASA’s Crew-4 mission launches in 2022, she will become one of a handful of Black astronauts ever to circle the planet and the first Black woman ever to join the International Space Station crew to live and work onboard the…

Engineer Marian Croak and ophthalmologist Patricia Bath

Engineer Marian Croak and Ophthalmologist Patricia Bath Will Become First Black Women Inducted into The National Inventors Hall of Fame

Over 600 inventors have been inducted into The National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) since the Ohio-based organization was founded in 1973. While there have never been any Black women inducted into the group, that will soon be changing. NPR’s Rachel Treisman has reported that engineer Marian Croak and the…

Zaila Avant-garde

14-Year-Old Zaila Avant-garde Wins National Spelling Bee; First-Ever African American Winner in Event History

With her successful spelling of the word “murraya,” a type of tropical Asiatic and Australian tree, Zaila Avant-garde from Harvey, Louisana won the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee, becoming the event’s first-ever African American winner and the second Black winner in the competition’s 96-year history, after Jamaica’s Jody-Anne Maxwell won…