She Did It First: Celebrating African-American Female Trailblazers

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  • Althea Gibson
  • Patricia Roberts Harris
  • Wilma Rudolph
  • Norma Merrick Sklarek
  • Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander
  • Dr. Maya Angelou
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Tyra Banks
  • Halle Berry
  • Jane Bolin
  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Rebecca Lee Crumpler
  • Vanessa Williams
  • Carol Moseley Braun
  • Yvonne Brathwaite Burke
  • Condoleezza Rice
  • Shirley Chisholm
  • Jocelyn Elders
  • Gabby Douglas
  • Aretha Franklin

Wilma Rudolph 

At 16, Wilma Rudolph became the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic team and won a bronze medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne. In 1960, she won gold medals in the 100-meter, 200-meter and sprint relay events, making her the first American woman to win three medals in track and field events in the Olympics. 

(Photo: MCT /Landov)