Black history is NOW!
As the world continues to turn, Black women continue to be a leading force across all industries.
While pioneers like Madame CJ Walker, Shirley Chisholm, Hattie McDaniel, Dorothy Dandridge and countless others laid the foundation, there are also plenty of women breaking barriers today.
From education and politics, to music, sports and film, Black Girl Magic continues to make history daily.
Here’s a look at 16 Black women who have made history with their “firsts” in the last 15 years.
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In 2014, Tamron Hall became the first Black woman to co-anchor 'Today' Show. “I’m a part of this for women, for Black women, for all of us," she told ESSENCE.com.
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First Black spokesperson for Lancome
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First Black Librarian of Congress
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First Black woman to win an Oscar for best actress.
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First Black woman to earn a place on the U.S. Olympic swim team
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First Black performer to be appointed principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater
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First Black woman to become First Lady of the United States
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First Black female director to receive a Golden Globe Award
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First Black woman to become Attorney General of the United States
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First Black woman to be named president of the American Bar Association
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In 2017, she became the first Black female Republican to be elected to Congress.
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First Black woman to be the face of Dior
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First Black woman to create and executive produce a top 10 network series
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First Black woman to become individual all-around Olympic champion
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First artist ever to have 6 albums debut at Number 1 on the Billboard charts
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First Black all-around world champion
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In 2018, she became the first Black woman mayor of Charlottesville, VA.
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She is the first Black woman to be elected mayor of New Orleans.
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She is the first Black woman to be named Deputy Chief of the NYC Fire Department.
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In 2017, Lena became the first Black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing.
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@MiaBLove: "Hey President Obama - Yoda was right, "Do or do not, there is no try." We need progress, not excuses. #townhalldebate #CantAfford4More"
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In 2018, Oprah became the first Black woman to receive the prestigious Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award.
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