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Twitter has been educating people regarding all the fabulous things that women of color have achieved, been the “first” to do and more! From famous individuals to the woman that is quietly making strides in your local neighborhood, we picked a few of our favorites. Check out these historical facts about the accomplishments of our Black women.

#BlackWomenDidThat: 19 Women That Have Helped Crack The Glass Ceiling was originally published on hellobeautiful.com

1. TERA POOLE

The first Black Valedictorian at the world’s first school of dentistry. Go, girl!

2. RUBY BRIDGES

1st African-American child to attend an all-white public elementary school.

3. ANNA HEDGEMAN

First black woman to hold a mayoral cabinet position.

4. ALYCE DIXON

One of the first black women to serve in the Army and was the oldest woman veteran at age 108.

5. MAE JEMISON

The first African-American woman in space (1992).

6. BIDDY MASON

Born into slavery, sued for her freedom, and became one of the richest people in Los Angeles. She was an African-American nurse and a Californian real estate entrepreneur and philanthropist. Also founder of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church.

7. PATRICIA ROBERTS

The first African-American woman to hold a Cabinet position (United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare). It was under the Jimmy Carter administration.

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