Women’s History

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…

stock exchange

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…

new Boston mayor Kim Janey

Kim Janey Becomes Boston’s First Black and First Female Mayor

Following Marty Walsh’s recent resignation to become the nation’s Secretary of Labor, Boston has sworn in his successor — Kim Janey is officially the first Black and first female to hold the position in the city’s history.  Ahead of her swearing-in, the former City Council president said “History will be…

Deb Haaland

Deb Haaland Confirmed as Secretary of Interior, First-Ever Native American Cabinet Member

Cheered on virtually by thousands of Native Americans in her home state of New Mexico as well as across the U.S., Rep. Deb Haaland was confirmed on March 15 as secretary of the Interior Department. In the role, Haaland will lead the management of a vast swath of federal public…

Rosalind “Roz” Brewer

Rosalind Brewer Officially Becomes America’s Only Current Black Woman Fortune 500 CEO

Rosalind “Roz” Brewer assumed the role of Walgreen’s CEO on Monday, March 15, officially becoming the only Black woman to currently lead a Fortune 500 company — and just the third ever to have achieved the historic career milestone. As we reported previously, Brewer is taking the helm at a…