She Did It First: Celebrating African-American Female Trailblazers

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  • 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
  • Althea Gibson
  • Patricia Roberts Harris
  • Wilma Rudolph
  • Norma Merrick Sklarek
  • Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander
  • Dr. Maya Angelou

Halle Berry

Actress Halle Berry cemented her Hollywood status with her Oscar win for Best Actress in 2002. Appearing in the movie Monster's Ball, she was the first Black actress to earn the honor. 

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