Chicago — There are many bold Black women to highlight not only during Black History Month, but every day of the year.
Phillis Wheatley; Mary Bowser; Ida B. Wells; Zora Neale Hurston; Bessie Coleman; Shirley Chisholm; Angela Davis; Dr. Mae Jemison; Maya Angelou; and Mary Jane Patterson are just a few bold, Black women that should be highlighted not only during Black History Month, but as a part of history.
- Vernice Armour - First Black female combat pilot in the U.S. Armed Forces
- Misty Copeland - First Black principal ballerina at the American Ballet Theatre
- Gabby Douglas - First Black gymnast to win Olympic gold for individual all-around event
- Simone Manuel - First Black woman to win an individual Olympic medal in swimming.
- Serena Williams - Most Grand Slam wins by a tennis player in the Open era
- Venus Williams - First Black woman to be ranked No. 1 since tennis’ Open era began in 1968