In celebration and appreciation of all the momentous victories black women have achieved over the years, Twitter is buzzing with the enormously popular #BlackWomenDidThat.
Regarded as a ‘call to commemorate black women who impacted your life’ the hashtag prompted hundreds of Twitter users to share inspirational stories of scientists, activists, writers and personal heroes.
Below is only a short list of the multitude of inspirational black women who changed our lives for the better and who deserve immense recognition.
- Dr Mamie Phipps Clark – who along with her husband published research showing the negative psychological effects of segregated schools. Her research enabled her to testify in the Brown vs. Board of Education case in 1954.
- Alice Bell – the chemist who invented an injectable oil extract to treat leprosy.
- Dr Mae Jemison – the first black woman to go to space. Jemison then investigated a bone cell research experiment on the Endeavour space shuttle.
- Michelle Obama – the only First Lady to have achieved two Ivy League degrees.
- Toni Morrison – the Nobel Prize winning author, who achieved the prestigious award in 1993.
- Claudette Colvin – the teenager living in Alabama during the 1950s who refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus – before Rosa Parks.
- Shirley Jackson – the woman who invented touch tone phones, caller ID and the interface allowing long distance calls; connecting billions of people around the world.
- Ola Orekunrin –The Nigerian Doctor who became the youngest Doctor in England at the age of just 21.
- Dr. Katherine Johnson – the physicist and mathematician who calculated the trajectory for humans to fly to the moon.
- Harriet Tubman – the abolitionist, humanitarian and activist who escaped slavery and subsequently made thirteen missions to save over 70 slaves using the Underground Railroad.
- Dr. Patricia Bath – who discovered ways to treat cataracts with lasers and ultrasound. The first woman on the staff of the Jules Stein Eye Institute.
- Serena Williams – the 22-time grand slam champion; one of the greatest athletes of all time.
- Sister Rosetta Tharpe – often referred to as the ‘Godmother of rock’n’roll’ and the ‘original soul sister’.
- Gwendolyn Brooks – the first black person to win the Pulitzer Literature prize in 1950, for her poetry collection, ‘Annie Allen’.
- Beyoncé – the best grossing and highest paid black touring artist of all time.