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31 Influential Black Women Who Accomplished Famous Firsts to Make History

Women’s History Month is all about uplifting generations of hard-working women who are becoming pioneers in their own right every single day. This year, AfroTech is amplifying the famous firsts of Black women today who have defied the odds to open doors and break glass ceilings for us all. Here are all the Black women who have and continue to inspire the next generation of young Black women to be the leaders of tomorrow: Kamala Harris Photo Credit: Chris Carlson/ AP Kamala D. Harris made history as the first Black, first Asian-American, and first woman to ever be elected Vice President of the United States of America. She accomplished this historic feat after serving as the District Attorney of San Francisco, California Attorney General, and a U.S. Senator. Stacey Abrams Photo Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images Stacey Abrams — a political strategist and former minority leader of the Georgia state House — is the reason the state of Georgia turned blue for the first time in 30 years to...

Njera Perkins

Mar 1, 2021

Major Mandisa Mfeka, the World's First Black Woman Combat Pilot From South Africa

Five-year-old Mandisa Nomcebo Mfeka would sit outside of the airport accompanied by her mother and grandmother to watch the airshows at Virginia Airport. According to Good Things Guy, Mandisa’s mother was unable to afford admissions tickets, so she opted to park their car outside the gates and enjoy the show from afar. It was those airshows that sparked Mandisa’s passion for aviation and ultimately led her to become the world’s first Black woman combat pilot from South Africa. Twitter / @Mandz_NM When she entered the tenth grade, Mandisa began researching science and math vocations and soon discovered aeronautical engineering. During her quest to apply to university, Mandisa stumbled upon an article about the South African Air Force (SAAF) and it immediately caught her interest. “It wasn’t until I was 16 that I discovered the Air Force, and I was like ‘Oh my God, this girl can become a pilot,’” Major Mandisa told the Afternoon Express . According to Good Things Guy , Major Mandisa...

Devin Crudup

Feb 13, 2020