She Did It First: Celebrating African-American Female Trailblazers

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  • 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
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Tyra Banks
  • Halle Berry
  • Jane Bolin
  • Gwendolyn Brooks

Carol Moseley Braun

Elected in 1993, Carol Moseley Braun became the first Black female U.S. senator, representing the state of Illinois until 1999. In her single term in office, she was also the first Black woman to serve on the finance committee and advocated new legislation on crime, education and civil rights.  

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