Women’s History

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…

Sha'Carri Richardson

Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson Officially Becomes Fastest Woman in America

Sha’Carri Richardson is about to become a household name. On June 20, the 21-year-old sprinter from Dallas, Texas ran the 100-meter U.S. Olympic qualifying heat with a time of 10.64 seconds. Richardson’s finish was the sixth-fastest in history for a woman, and the fourth-fastest time ever for an American woman….

Jane Austen

Newly Unearthed Research Links Beloved Author Jane Austen With England’s Early Abolitionist Anti-Slave Movement

Fans of classic author Jane Austen and her novels, including Emma and Pride and Prejudice, have a new reason to celebrate her life and work. An Arizona State researcher has uncovered previously unknown information linking Austen and her family to England’s anti-slave movement in the early 1800s. Lynn Elber of…

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Fortune 500 List 2021 Includes Record Number of Black Women and Female CEOs

When Fortune magazine announced its annual Fortune 500 list ranking the 500 largest United States corporations by total revenue last week, there were a couple of notable and historic inclusions. The list contained more female CEOs — particularly Black female CEOs — than ever before. Taylor Dunn of ABC News…

Tishaura Jones

Tishaura Jones Becomes Mayor of St. Louis, Joins Growing Number of Black Female Mayors Leading a Major American City

More and more Black women are becoming mayors of large American cities. Tishaura Jones has become the latest in a string of recent women candidates advancing to the top of city leadership. With her win on April 6, Jones becomes the first-ever Black woman mayor of St. Louis. Formerly the…

Shirley Chisholm

Legislators Push for a Capitol Hill Statue of Shirley Chisholm, the First Black Woman Elected To Congress

In a city filled with literally hundreds of statues of Presidents, Congresspeople, historical figures and politicians, there is only one full-length statue of a Black woman: Rosa Parks. But now, Rep. Yvette D. Clarke of New York is pushing for another Black woman to be memorialized with a piece of…