6 African American Women Who Shaped History

6 African American Women Who Shaped History

The celebration of Women’s History began as a weekly national celebration in 1981. Six years later in 1987, the National Women’s History Project, petitioned congress to designate the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” This month as we continue to honor women blazing trails across industries–entertainment, sports, education, and aviation to name a few, the following are a few women who have shaped history.

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Alexa Canady

If you’ve ever struggled with self-doubt, Alexa Canady’s story is a must read. Although she faced several obstacles with race, dropped out of college due to her lack of self-confidence and experienced several dismissive comments made about her qualifications, in 1981 she became the first African American woman neurosurgeon in the United States.

According to the US National Library of Science, she fell in love with medicine during her junior year when she attended a summer program for minority students at the University of Michigan.

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