She Did It First: Celebrating African-American Female Trailblazers

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  • 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
  • Rebecca Lee Crumpler
  • Vanessa Williams
  • Carol Moseley Braun
  • Yvonne Brathwaite Burke
  • Condoleezza Rice

Gabby Douglas 

At the 2012 Olympics in London, U.S. gymnast Gabby Douglas became the first woman of color to win gold in the all-around competition, as well as the first American gymnast to win gold in both the individual and team all-around competitions. 

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