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20+ Inspiring Black Women Who Are Breaking Barriers and Making History

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20+ Inspiring Black Women Who Are Breaking Barriers and Making History

By Carlett Spike via

These trailblazers are leading the way.

Black History Month may come and go every February, but the truth is the achievements of Black women should be celebrated 365 days a year. Throughout history, Black women have played a crucial role in advancing American society in every sector, from politics to medicine to sports.

Abolitionists Harriett Tubman and Sojourner Truth crusaded tirelessly for emancipation and were followed by many powerful, Black women leaders like Rosa Parks, Daisy Bates, Shirley Chisholm, Angela Davis, and Maya Angelou (to name only a few!). Most recently, Kamala Harris became our nation’s first woman—and woman of color—Vice President.

Following the lead of these inspiring women, today’s Black female trailblazers are breaking barriers and changing our society for the better. This list includes names you know, but also a few you likely don’t who are making history in sectors like…

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I am a future butterfly at the stage of growth when I am turning into an adult. I am enclosed in a hard case shell formed by love, family, and friends. It is the hardest stage of becoming a black butterfly. You will encounter many hardships only to come out stronger and better than what you went in. At this stage, you are finding out who you truly are and how to love yourself.

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The image of the butterfly has come to define the many expressions of the feminine black consciousness and for a good reason. The butterfly is the perfect articulation of the exquisite beauty of nature. Whether tiny or large, brightly colored or more subdued, the butterfly’s allure is undeniable. Each one displays its own unique patterns and hues, and no one species outshines any other.

Similarly, there is no one ideal image of a black woman -- each is gorgeous in her right. All African-Americans share a glorious history of struggle and perseverance that has funneled into the modern black renaissance. And, like the graceful butterfly, the awakened black woman exemplifies the dazzling beauty of that cultural evolution.

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