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

Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander

Civil rights activist and attorney Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander was the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. in economics and the first woman to receive a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She was also the first national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

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