13 Black Women Who Were The “FIRST” To Do It

Time Magazine recently launched “Firsts”, a celebration of women who broke ground in their fields — from the arts and politics to the world of science and the military. Check out the Black women who were recognized:

Patricia Bath is the first African American to complete a residency in ophthalmology and the first African-American female doctor to receive a medical patent. She invented the Laserphaco Probe for cataract treatment in 1986.

Ursula Burns, the former CEO of Xerox, was the first African-American woman CEO to head a Fortune 500 company.

Mo’Ne Davis First was the first girl to pitch a shutout and win a game in a Little League World Series.

Gabby Douglas is the first American gymnast to win solo and team all-around gold medals at one Olympics.

Ava DuVernay is the first Black woman to direct a film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

Carla Haden is the first woman and first African American to be Librarian of Congress.

Loretta Lynch is the first Black woman to become U.S. Attorney General.

Ilhan Omar is the first Somali-American Muslim person to become a legislator.

Issa Rae is the first Black woman to create and star in a premium cable series.

Shonda Rhimes is the first woman to create three hit shows with more than 100 episodes each.


Serena Williams is the first tennis player to win 23 Grand Slam singles titles in the open era.

Oprah Winfrey is the first woman to own and produce her own talk show.

Rita Dove is the first Black U.S. poet laureate.


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