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  • Writer's pictureBarbara Edwards

Celebrating Black Women's Contribution to Black History

Black History Month is a time of reflection, recognition, and celebration of the contributions that African Americans have made to the history and culture of the United States. Among these contributors, Black women hold a special place, having made significant strides in various fields while often facing double the discrimination due to their race and gender. The Woman's Leadership Institute aims to celebrate and highlight the contributions of Black women to Black history.

Pioneers in Civil Rights

The civil rights movement would not have been the same without the tireless efforts of Black women. Rosa Parks, known as the mother of the civil rights movement, ignited a spark when she refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus. Her act of defiance led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement.

Fannie Lou Hamer, a voting rights activist, risked her life to register Black voters in Mississippi. Her famous quote, “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired,” became a rallying cry for the movement.

Trail Blazers in literature

Black women have made significant contributions to literature, often using their words to shed light on the Black experience. Maya Angelou, a renowned poet, and author used her powerful voice to speak on themes of love, hardship, and the resilience of the human spirit. Her autobiography,” I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, “is considered a classic.

Tony Morrison, the first Black woman to receive the Nobel Prize in literature, is known for her richly detailed and poignant novels about the African American experience.

Innovators in Science and Technology

In the field of science and technology, Black women have broken barriers and made significant contributions. Dr. Mae Jamison, an engineer, physician, and in a NASA astronaut, became the first Black woman to travel in space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor in 1992.

Katherine Johnson, a mathematician whose calculations were crucial to the success of NASA ‘s early manned space flights, was a pioneer in her field. Her story was popularized in the film “Hidden Figures.”


These are just a few examples of the countless Black women who have made significant contributions to Black history. Their courage, resilience, and determination have paved the way for future generations, and their stories serve as a source of inspiration. As we celebrate Black History Month, let us remember and honor these remarkable women and their invaluable contributions.


The Women's Leadership Institute is an organization established to advance and improve the personal, economic, and professional status of women and girls. Activities and programs are designed to engage women in development initiatives to attract, evolve, retain, and promote talented women and girls seeking leadership development and amateur opportunities for skills enhancement. We connect women and girls across industries and demographics to help address their most important leadership issues. Learn more by viewing our web page at

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