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On this first day of #WomensHistoryMonth I highlight Soror Barbara Jordan. She was the first African American to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention. She also introduced the Presidential Records Act that eventually became a law in 1978.
On this second day of #WomensHistoryMonth I highlight Soror Wilma Rudolph. Despite being told as a child she would never walk again, she became the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field during the 1960 Summer Olympics.
On this third day of #WomensHistoryMonth I highlight Soror Dr. Jocelyn Elders. She was the first African American Surgeon General. While in that position she advocated for sexual health and reproductive rights — something which is still taboo to this day.
On this fourth day of #WomensHistoryMonth I highlight Soror Winnie Mandela. She was the first black social worker during apartheid South Africa. She played a pivotal role during that time as an activist and politician while her husband Nelson Mandela was unjustly incarcerated.
On this fifth day of #WomensHistoryMonth I highlight Soror Candice Wiggins. A retired WNBA player who was guard for the New York Liberty team. She graduated from Stanford University as the all-time leading scorer in Stanford University and Pac-10 women’s basketball history.
On this sixth day of #WomensHistoryMonth I highlight Soror Angela Bassett. An actress known for her biographical portrayals, most notably channeling Tina Turner in an Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe winning role as well as Dr. Betty Shabazz In more than one film.
On this seventh day of #WomensHistoryMonth I highlight Soror Alexis Herman. She is a politician who was the first African American to serve as the Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton. Prior to this, she was Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.
On this 8th day of #WomensHistoryMonth which is also #InternationalWomensDay I highlight Soror Mary McLeod Bethune. An activist who founded the National Council of Negro Women in 1935. That same year, she also became a special advisor to President Roosevelt on minority affairs.
On this 9th day of #WomensHistoryMonth I highlight Soror Lucy McBath. She became a gun control advocate after her son #JordanDavis death. In 2018, she defeated incumbent Karen Handel and became member of the US House of Representatives from Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.
On this 10th day of #WomensHistoryMonth I highlight 10th National President Soror Dorothy Irene Height. She was the president of the National Council of Negro Women for forty years and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.
On this 11th day of #WomensHistoryMonth I highlight Soror Roberta Flack. A four time Grammy award winning songstress, who is known for her #1 singles including the original “Killing Me Softly With His Song” and “The Closer I Get to You” duet with Donny Hathaway.
On this 12th day of #WomensHistoryMonth⁠ ⁠I highlight Soror Nikki Giovanni. A prominent poet and writer who first caught the public’s attention as part of the Black Arts movement of the late 1960s. She covers topics ranging from race, social issues, and children's literature.
On this 13th day of #WomensHistoryMonth I highlight Soror Cassandra Chandler. She served as the highest-ranking African American woman at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with her appointment as Assistant Director. She oversaw criminal and domestic terrorism matters.
On this 14th day of #WomensHistoryMonth I highlight Soror Lena Horne. An American singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist. Her career spanned over 70 years appearing in film, television, and theater — most notably the 1943 films Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather.
On this 15th day of #WomensHistoryMonth I highlight soror, Dr. Selma Burke. An American sculptor and a member of the Harlem Renaissance movement. Her bas relief portrait of President Franklin D. Roosevelt inspired the profile found on the obverse of the dime.
On this 16th day of #WomensHistoryMonth I highlight Soror Judith Jamison. An Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Choreography as well as an American dancer and choreographer. She is best known as a ballet dancer and the Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
On this 17th day of #WomensHistoryMonth I highlight Soror Aretha Franklin. An American singer, songwriter, civil rights activist, actress, and pianist. Her hit like “Respect” and “A Natural Woman” propelled her past her musical peers — making her be known as the Queen of Soul.
On this 18th day of #WomensHistoryMonth⁠ ⁠I highlight Soror Soledad O’Brien. A former CNN broadcast journalist and executive producer. She’s currently the anchor for “Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien”, a nationally syndicated weekly political show owned by Hearst Television.
On this 19th day of #WomensHistoryMonth⁠⁠⁠ ⁠I highlight Soror Mara Brock Akil. A screenwriter and producer known for showcasing the various aspects of black womanhood and romance. She is the noted creator of #Girlfriends #TheGame #BeingMaryJane #BlackLightning and #LoveIsOWN
On this 20th day of #WomensHistoryMonth I highlight soror, Lieutenant Colonel Marilyn Wills. A former Army personnel chief's liaison to Congress. She received the Soldier’s Medal of Valor after leading a procession of survivors to safety during the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon.
On this 21st day of #WomensHistoryMonth⁠ ⁠I highlight Soror Francena McCorory. A track and field athlete who is a NCAA and American indoor record holder. She is a member of the USA Olympic team who won the gold medal in the 4 × 400 m relay at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.
On this 22nd day of #WomensHistoryMonth I highlight my 22 dynamic Founders. They were the only black women's organization to participate in the historic 1913 Women's Suffrage March on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. on March 3, 1913, less than 2 months after our founding.
On this 23rd Day of #WomensHistoryMonth I highlight Soror Shirley Caesar. An award winning singer and songwriter known as the "First Lady of Gospel Music" or "The Queen of Gospel Music”. She has twelve Grammy Awards along with Dove Awards and Stellar Awards to her credit.
On this 24th day of #WomensHistoryMonth I highlight Soror Sybrina Fulton. A civil rights activist and author. Due to the death of her 17 year old son #TrayvonMartin — who would have been 24 years old this year — she advocates for gun reform and the eradication of racial violence.
On this 25th day of #WomensHistoryMonth I highlight Soror Cicely Tyson. Her acting career spans more than six decades. She has won three Emmy Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Tony Award. At 93 years of age, she became the first black woman to earn an honorary Oscar.
On this 26th day of #WomensHistoryMonth I highlight soror, Dr. Shirley Jackson. She was the first black woman to earn a Ph.D. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She was also the first black woman to become a commissioner of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
On this 27th day of #WomensHistoryMonth I highlight Soror Adrienne-Joi Johnson. A life coach, fitness trainer, actress, and choreographer. She is known for her portrayal of the mother in the film Baby Boy and the dance scene alongside Tischa Campbell in the film House Party.
On this 28th day of #WomensHistoryMonth I highlight Soror Philippa Schuyler. A musical child prodigy, pianist, and journalist. A middle school in Bushwick named after her is dedicated to preserving her memory. It offers a gifted and arts focused education for its students.
On this 29th day of #WomensHistoryMonth I highlight Soror Daisy Bates. A publisher, journalist, and lecturer. During the Integration Crisis of 1957 she became revered as a civil rights activist. Bates pushed for desegregation in Arkansas by advocating for the #LittleRockNine.
On this 30th day of #WomensHistoryMonth I highlight soror, Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green. A medical physicist who developed a way to cure cancer by using laser-activated nanoparticles. This methodology targets and destroys the cancer cells, while not affecting the healthy ones.
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