African American Women Make History

By Natasha Coleman

“The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race.”-Susan B. Anthony.

Some of the strongest talented people I know are women even though they still have to fight to be recognized as equals to men. Women deserve to be able to hold any position they want and to be heard and treated fairly. They are hardworking and determined. And while there are many great women in this world, I want to highlight African American women in particular who have faced struggles and obstacles that other women have not. Yet, they remain strong and amazing.

And although History months are typically for acknowledging what people have done in the past, I want to take a moment and honor African American women who are currently making history. They are paving ways for other women to follow in their footsteps.

Here are five of the women who I admire the most:

•    Joi McMillon is the first black woman nominated for a film-editing Oscar, for her work on Moonlight.

•    ImeIme Umana was elected as the first African-American woman to serve as president of the Harvard Law Review in its 130 years.

•    Viola Davis becomes the first black actress to win an Emmy, Oscar, and Tony.

•    Tracy Oliver is the first female African-American screenwriter to bank $100 million at the box office; the film, Girls Trip, is the first with an all-black team on and off camera to earn that much.

•    Lena Waithe, star of and writer for Netflix’s Master of None, is the first black woman to win a comedy-writing Emmy.