As we close out March, the month known as Women’s History Month, I want to take a few minutes to celebrate the achievements of American women – Black women – who have been in the news lately.
In true Black women's history, we make our own magic, and instead of waiting for an invitation to the party, we’ve had to crash the party. Even when no one else was celebrating us, we pulled out the streamers and champagne to celebrate and embrace the “first” for our sisters. Here’s a look at just a few of the amazing Black women we are shouting out in 2022:
Ketanji Jackson Brown: When confirmed by the U.S. Senate, she will be the first Black woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Kamala Harris: The first woman and Black woman to become vice president of the United States and the highest-ranking woman in the history of the American government.
Rep. Cori Bush: This Missourian is the first Black woman to represent the Show-Me State in Congress. She took a bold stand on behalf of people on the verge of losing their housing during COVID by sleeping outside of the U.S. Capitol in protest of the Eviction Moratorium.
Amanda Gorman: Her literary talent and Black Girl Magic landed her on the stage of the 2021 presidential inauguration as the country’s first national youth poet laureate. Her stirring poem “The Hill We Climb” received national acclaim.
Maya Angelou: This brilliant and inspirational writer, this year became the first Black woman to be celebrated on an American quarter as part of a series that will commemorate female pioneers in a variety of fields.
While In Our Own Voice celebrates Black women far beyond March, we invite everyone to join us in celebrating these phenomenal women and others all year long. For us, the celebration never stops for our sisters. Join us!
President & CEO
In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda