History has shown us that the voices of black people, especially black women, usually get silenced. Well, the old saying goes that winners write history, but even though these women were absolute winners in their respective fields, it seems they got left out of history books pages solely because of the color of their skin.
In order to give the credit they deserve, we’ve created a list of black women that you need to know a thing or two about, and we sincerely hope that history books will be rewritten and they won’t fail to include these real pioneers once again.
1. Valerie Thomas – the woman that invented 3D technology
Dr. Valerie Thomas is a scientist and inventor that held various high-level positions in NASA, and she’s the pioneer of the illusion transmitter – the technology that stimulates a real-time 3-dimensional viewing of an object with parabolic mirrors, or now known as 3D technology.
2. The Godmother of rock and roll – Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Sister Rosetta Thorpe is widely considered to be “the Godmother of rock and roll”, and she was the inspiration for a number of elite musicians, including Elvis Presley, Johny Cash, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, and many, many more. Her guitar technique is considered to be truly unique and one-of-a-kind, and she was among the first musicians to use heavy distortion while playing the electric guitar.
3. Alice Coachman – the first black woman to ever win a Gold medal at the Olympics
Alice Coachman was an African-American athlete that specialized in the high jump, and she’s the first-ever black woman to win a gold medal at the Olympic games. Additionally, she was the only American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in athletics in 1948, and she was the first woman to advertise an international product – namely the non-alcoholic beverage Coca-Cola.
4. Shirley Chisholm is the first-ever African-American woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress
Not only that Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm was the first African American woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress back in 1968, but she’s also the first woman and the first African American to seek nomination for President of the U.S. from one of the two major political parties in 1972. She was dubbed “Fighting Shirley” by many during her time in Congress, and she introduced over 50 pieces of legislation, spoke about racial equality, gender equality, and ending the Vietnam war.
5. Gladys West, the mathematician who pioneered the basis for GPS
The African-American mathematician Gladys West programmed an IBM computer to deliver precise calculations to model the shape of the Earth by using extremely complex algorithms, and her models were later incorporated into the Global Positioning System we all know and use, or better known as GPS.