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Issa Rae (First black woman to create and star in a premium cable series)

Oprah Winfrey (First woman to own and produce her own talk show)

Serena Williams (First tennis player to win 23 Grand Slam singles titles in the open era)

Shonda Rhimes (First woman to create three hit shows with more than 100 episodes each)

Ava DuVernay (First black woman to direct a film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar)

Gabby Douglas (First American gymnast to win solo and team all-around gold at one Olympics)

Dr. Mae Jemison (First woman of color in space)

Mo’ne Davis (First girl to pitch a shutout and win a game in a Little League World Series)

Patricia Bath (First person to perform laserphaco cataract surgery and the first African-American female doctor to receive a medical patent)

Aretha Franklin (First woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

Ursula Burns (First black woman to run a Fortune 500 company)

Rita Dove (First black U.S. poet laureate)

Loretta Lynch (First black woman to become U.S. Attorney General)

#TheyAreTheFirst #BlackExcellence


Dinah Veeris, Master Healer and creator of Den Paradera

Dinah Veeris gives insight regarding the African involvement in plant-based medicine and healing traditions. Slave healers cultivated some of the most powerful and resilient healing communities on this planet. The very essence of survival, resistance, and communal preservation are the same pillars that guide Dinah Veeris in her work to preserve the traditional medicinal plants of Curaçao.

Marguerite Williams (1895-1991) was the first African American to earn a doctorate in geology. She graduated in 1942 from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

After finishing her studies, she went on to teach, not only geology but also social sciences. She was the chair of the Geology Department at Miner Teacher’s College for ten years.

Carte de visite portrait of an African American man identified as Dr. Crumwell, c. 1870. By Moses P. Rice.

Source: New York Public Library.


President Trump Signs a Proclamation to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 

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Fav ones that are still alive and/or working?

Cool women of science that are still alive:

Jocelyn Bell Burnell - Astrophysicist; Discovered radio pulsars (her advisor won the Nobel prize for this). Has been the President of the Royal Astronomical Society, The Institute of Physics, Royal Society of Edinburgh and elected Pro-Chancellor of the University of Dublin.

Elizabeth Blackburn - Molecular Biologist; She co-discovered telomerase the enzyme associated with the repair of telomeres (part of chromosomes). Won the Nobel prize in Medicine in 2009 for this research. On January 1st, 2016 she will become the president of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

Shirley Ann Jackson - Physicist; the first African American to earn a doctorate at MIT. She’s the current president of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has many awards and accomplishments.

Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard - Biologist; won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for the genetics of embryonic development.

Vera Rubin - Astronomer; who did pioneering work on the rotation of galaxies. This work formed the foundation of the current study of Dark Matter.

Mae Jemison - Physician and NASA Astronaut; First African American to travel in space; also practiced medicine in the Peace Corps.

Melissa Franklin - Experimental Particle Physicist; Her team found some of the first evidence for the existence of the top quark.

Darleane C. Hoffman - Nuclear Chemist; was part of a team that confirmed the existence of the element Seaborgium.

Ingrid Daubechies - Mathematician, and the first women to serve as the president of the International Mathematical Union. Her research is on wavelets in image compression.

Sylvia Earle - Marine Biologist; The first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Mary-Claire King - Geneticist; is known for identifying breast cancer genes, demonstrating that humans and chimpanzees are 99% genetically identical, and using genomic sequencing to identify victims of human rights abuses.

Susan Solomon - Atmospheric Chemist; She and her team proposed the chloroflurocarbon free radical reaction mechanism, which explains the hole in the ozone layer.

Mildred Dresselhaus - Physicist nicknamed the “Queen of Carbon Science; MIT’s first female institute professor and has won many international scientific awards. Known mostly for her work on Carbon nanotubes.

Shirley M. Tilghman - A leader in the field of molecular biology and was Princeton University’s first female president.

Lene Hau - Physicist; She led a scientific team that was able to slow, and then stop the motion of light. Also has done very important work in quantum physics.
‘Mercy Street’: First Look At Season 2 Of PBS’ Civil War Drama
We’re getting a first look at Season 2 of praised Civil War-drama Mercy Street, set to premiere January 22 at 8 PM on PBS. Mercy Street follows the doctors, nurses and soldiers, as well as free, en…
By Denise Petski

Get a special preview of Season 2 of Mercy Street, premiering January 22nd on PBS:

(via Deadline Hollywood)