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  • Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson

    Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson
    Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., administers the Constitutional Oath to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson in the West Conference Room, in the Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C., on June 30, 2022. Dr. Patrick Jackson holds the Bible.<br><br>Here are some other Black women making history.
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  • Sandra Douglass Morgan

    Sandra Douglass Morgan
    Former Nevada Gaming Control Board chair and former commissioner of the Nevada Gaming Commission Sandra Douglass Morgan was named as the new president of the Raiders at Allegiant Stadium, on July 7, 2022, in Las Vegas. Morgan is the first Black woman to be named a team president in NFL history.
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  • Mishael Morgan

    Mishael Morgan
    Mishael Morgan accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a drama series for her role in "The Young and the Restless" at the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 24, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. Morgan is the first Black woman to win a Daytime Emmy Award in a lead acting category.
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  • Lena Horne

    Lena Horne
    Legendary performer Lena Horne will be the first Black woman to have a Broadway theater named after her. Horne, who passed away in 2010, appeared on Broadway several times over the course of her illustrious career. Her last stint on Broadway was the 1981 one-woman show, “Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music,” for which she received a special Tony Award. The Brooks Atkinson Theater on West 47th Street in New York City will be renamed The Lena Horne Theatre in a ceremony this fall.
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  • Mashama Bailey

    Mashama Bailey
    At a ceremony on June 13, 2022, in Chicago, Mashama Bailey became the first Black woman to win the coveted James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef. Bailey is the chef at The Grey restaurant in Savannah, Georgia.
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  • Karine Jean-Pierre

    Karine Jean-Pierre
    Karine Jean-Pierre became the first Black woman, and the first LGBTQ person, to serve as White House press secretary on May 16, 2022. She was the deputy press secretary from 2021 to 2022. She also served as an advisor to the Biden campaign, and has been on the White House communications team since President Joe Biden took office. She also served as chief of staff for Kamala Harris during the presidential campaign.
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  • Lisa Cook

    Lisa Cook
    Lisa Cook is the first Black woman appointed to the Federal Board of Governors. She is a professor of Economics and International Relations at Michigan State University. Cook was confirmed by the Senate in a 50-51 vote, split along party lines. Vice President Kamala Harris made the tie-breaking vote. Cook was a member of President Joe Biden’s transition team, and served under President Barack Obama on the White House Council of Economic Advisors.
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  • Jessica Watkins

    Jessica Watkins
    Jessica Watkins launched into space on April 27, 2022, on her way to the International Space Station. She is the mission specialist on the SpaceX Crew-4 mission. She will be the first Black woman to live and work on the International Space Station and she will also be the first Black woman to do a spacewalk.<br><br>NASA astronaut and Expedition 67 Flight Engineer Jessica Watkins enjoys the view of the Earth below from inside the International Space Station's seven-windowed cupola.
  • Simone Leigh

    Simone Leigh
    Simone Leigh is the first Black woman to be chosen to represent the United States in the Venice Biennale 2022. Here, she works on her sculpture "Brick House" at the Stratton Sculpture Studios in Philadelphia on July 12, 2018. On April 23, 2022, Leigh won the Biennale’s Golden Lion award for the “Brick House” sculpture.
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  • Shalanda Young

    Shalanda Young
    On March 17, 2022, Shalanda Young was sworn in to be the Office of Management and Budget director, the first Black woman to hold the position. She was confirmed by the Senate with bipartisan support. She has served as the Office of Management and Budget's acting director since March, 2021.
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  • Clarice Phelps

    Clarice Phelps
    Clarice Phelps is a nuclear chemist working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She is the first Black woman to play a key role in discovering a new element on the periodic table. She helped discover the element Tennissene.
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  • Erin Jackson

    Erin Jackson
    At the 2022 Beijing Olympics, Erin Jackson won a gold medal in the 500m event in speed skating. She became the first Black woman to win a gold medal in the sport, after trying speed skating for the first time in 2017.
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  • Kristen Hayden

    Kristen Hayden
    At the USA Diving Winter National Championships in December 2021, Kristen Hayden, along with her diving partner, won Mixed Synchronized 3m Springboard event. Hayden is the first Black woman to win a national title in diving and will compete at the 2022 FINA World Aquatics Championships later this year in Japan. She is also a founding member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council for USA Diving. Here she dives at the USA Diving Summer National Championships on Aug. 8, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio.
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  • Josephine Baker

    Josephine Baker
    Josephine Baker's image is projected onto the facade of the Pantheon during her induction ceremony on Nov. 30, 2021, in Paris. She became the first Black woman to be inducted into France's Pantheon.
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  • Jennifer King

    Jennifer King
    Jennifer King became the first Black woman to coach in a lead position in an NFL game. On Dec. 21, 2021, she worked as the lead running back coach for the Washington Football Team in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Here she officiates a game between the Washington Football Team and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Nov. 14, 2021.
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  • Maia Chaka

    Maia Chaka
    On Sept. 12, 2021, Maia Chaka became the first Black woman to officiate an NFL game, working as line judge in a game between the New York Jets and the Carolina Panthers. Here she officiates a game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Los Angeles Chargers on Nov. 14, 2021.
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  • Mickey Guyton

    Mickey Guyton
    On March 14, 2021, Mickey Guyton became the first Black woman to be nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance. She made history again on April 18, 2021 when she became the first Black woman to co-host the Academy of Country Music Awards, alongside Keith Urban. Here she sings prior to the Super Bowl on Feb. 13, 2022.
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  • Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson

    Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson
    Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson are the first Black women to win an Academy Award in the best makeup and hairstyling category. They, along with Sergio Lopez-Rivera, won for their work on the movie "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom."
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  • Kamala Harris

    Kamala Harris
    In 2021, Kamala Harris became the first Black woman sworn in as Vice President of the United States.
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  • Cori Bush

    Cori Bush
    After being sworn in to the 177th Congress on Jan. 3, 2021, Cori Bush became the first Black congresswoman elected from Missouri. In August, 2021, she led a fight to continue the eviction moratorium set in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic. An extension to the moratorium was granted by the White House.
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  • Keechant Sewell

    Keechant Sewell
    Keechant Sewell was sworn in on Jan 1, 2022, to serve as the commissioner of the New York Police Department, becoming the first Black woman to do so. She formerly served as chief of detectives at the Nassau County Police Department in Mineola, N.Y.
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