Tag: Women’s History

Ketanji Brown Jackson

President Biden Working To Double Number of Black Women Serving as Appeals Court Judges

President Biden’s efforts to create a diverse and inclusive government are continuing beyond his picks for Cabinet and military leadership as he sets his sights on expanding the appointment of Black women on more local courts. According to John Fritze and Ledyard King of USA Today, Biden is poised “to…

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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…

Katherine Johnson at NASA

Virginia School Named After Confederate Soldier Will Now Be Renamed To Honor NASA’s Legendary Black Mathematician Katherine Johnson

Sidney Lanier Middle School in Fairfax County will no longer be named after the private who served in the Confederate army. On Friday, June 4, the school announced it will now be known as Katherine Johnson Middle School — the Black NASA mathematician who, along with three other Black women,…

Karine Jean-Pierre

Karine Jean-Pierre Becomes First Out LGBTQ Person — and First Black Woman in 30 Years — to Host Daily White House Press Briefing

White House principal deputy press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre made history on May 26, becoming just the second Black woman and the first openly LGBTQ individual to lead a daily White House press briefing. CNN’s Allie Malloy and Caroline Kelly reported that “Judy Smith, who was a deputy press secretary under…

Maya Angelou

Poet Maya Angelou and Astronaut Sally Ride Among the 20 Influential Female Leaders to Be Honored on US Quarters Over Next 4 Years

The coins you carry in your pocket are about to experience a huge shift in gender equity and representation. A newly announced government initiative will be commemorating up to 20 different women pioneers on the back of U.S. quarters between 2022 and 2025. Alexa Mikhail of nonprofit newsroom The 19th…

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…

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…

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…