She Did It First: Celebrating African-American Female Trailblazers

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  • 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
  • Rebecca Lee Crumpler

Yvonne Brathwaite Burke

Yvonne Brathwaite Burke's political career included several firsts: she was the first Black female elected to the California assembly in 1966 and the first Black female from California elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1972. She also served as the first woman chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. 

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