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Check out our list of 10 Black women who motivate us to be better and reach higher.

1. 10 Endlessly Inspirational Women

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International Women’s Day is meant to celebrate women and the great strides that we’ve made in the ongoing movement for women’s rights. It’s also a day to honor the women who inspire us to push harder, reach higher, and go farther in life.

2. 10 Endlessly Inspirational Women

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While there is no shortage of women who that bill, here is a short list of our faves.

3. Ava DuVernay

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Film director

4. Oprah Winfrey

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Talk show host, OWN network creator, actress, and all-around media mogul

5. Michelle Obama

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Former First Lady (AKA our Forever First Lady)

6. Issa Rae

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TV show and online content creator

7. Mae Jemison

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NASA astronaut, physician, engineer, and the First Black woman to travel into space

8. Maxine Waters

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Representative for California’s 43rd District

9. April Ryan

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White House Journalist

10. Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

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Feminist and author

11. Alicia Garza, Opal Tomenti, and Patrisse Cullors

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Black Lives Matter movement creators

12. Serena Williams


Golden Slam Professional Tennis Player