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FIRSTS WOMEN WHO ARE CHANGING THE WORLD

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

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Time Unveiled 12 Stunning Covers Celebrating Game-Changing Women

Above photos:

  • Ava DuVernay, the first black woman to direct a film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture
  • Mo’ne Davis, the first girl to pitch a shutout and win a game in a Little League World Series
  • Sylvia Earle, the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • Ellen DeGeneres, the first person to star as an openly gay character on primetime TV
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton, the first woman to receive a major party’s nomination for President
  • Ilhan Omar,  the first Somali-Muslim American to become a legislator

See more: Time - Firsts: Women Who Are Changing the World