No matter what time of year, it is always important to learn about and celebrate notable Black women in history. From incredible athletes, beautiful writers and poets, to hard-working civil rights activists and business leaders, Black women should never be underestimated and deserve recognition for their amazing achievements.
Here are 28 extraordinary Black women to honor for each day in February:
1. Kamala Harris is the first female vice president of the United States who also happens to be the first African American and Asian American vice president.
2. Harriet Taubman and Sojourner Truth both rescued slaves through the Underground Railroad and fought for black freedom.
3. Althea Gibson was one of the first African American athletes to cross the color line of international tennis in 1956 and the first to win a Grand Slam title.
4. Dr. Mae Jemison became the first black woman to travel into space.
5. Shirley Chisholm was the first black woman elected to the United States Congress for New York’s 12th congressional district in 1969.
6. Gwendolyn Brooks was a poet and became the first African American to receive the Pulitzer Prize.
7. Lena Horne was a singer, dancer, actress, and Civil Rights Activist and became one of the top African American performers of her time.
8. Ruby Bridges was the first African American child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana in 1960.
9. Madam C.J. Walker is recorded as the first female self-made millionaire in America in the Guinness Book of World Records.
10. Janet Mock’s memoirs, Redefining Realness and Surpassing Certainty, are two New York Times bestsellers telling her story as a trans woman.
11. Viola Davis is the first African American to achieve the “Triple Crown of Acting” through her winnings of an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and two Tony Awards.
12. Michelle Obama is the first African American first lady and a successful attorney and author.
13. Laverne Cox is the first transgender person ever to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and the first openly transgender person to be featured on the cover of Time Magazine.
14. In the Olympics, Gabby Douglas is the first African American to win the individual all-around event and Simone Biles is the most decorated American gymnast.
15. Ibtihaj Muhammad is known for being the first Muslim American woman to wear a hijab while competing for the United States in the Olympics.
16. Rosa Parks and Claudette Colvin both refused to give up their seats on the same bus system.
17. Wilma Rudolph was the first African American woman to win three track and field gold medals in a single Olympics.
18. Wangari Maathai was the first African woman to win the Nobel Prize.
19. Andrea Jenkins is the first black openly transgender woman elected to public office in the United States.
20. Janet Collins was a pioneer of black ballet dancing and one of the few classically trained of her generation.
21. Billie Holiday is considered one of the best jazz vocalists of all time.
22. Zendaya is the youngest ever best actress in a drama series to win a Primetime Emmy.
23. Whitney Houston was certified as the most awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records and is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time.
24. Oprah Winfrey’s show was the highest-rated television show of its kind in history.
25. Toni Morrison is one of the most celebrated authors in the world and has received the Pulitzer Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.
26. Serena and Venus Williams have won a combined 37 Grand Slam titles in singles and doubles tennis games.
27. Maya Angelou was a civil rights activist and poet, best known for her 1969 memoir, ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.’
28. Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr., known for incorporating her music into her civil rights work.
Who is your favorite Black woman in history? Let us know in the comments! In honor of their legacy, don’t forget to be proud of yourself each and every day. Never stop following your dreams and fighting for what you believe in!
Written by: Jessica Norris