Terrific Woman Tuesday: Hattie McDaniel

Hello Beauties! This is the last Tuesday of February, which means Black History month is unfortunately coming to an end. However, this does not mean we forget about all the wonderful accomplishments black people have done. Together, we learned about the first black woman astronaut to go up in space, the first black female judge in the United States, and the first black woman to be appointed as an American Ballet Theatre principal dancer.

This Tuesday’s terrific woman is Hattie McDaniel. She was an actress and a radio performer. Hattie was the first African American to win an Oscar in 1940 for her supporting role in ‘Gone With the Wind.’ She also played a part in the films, ‘The Little Colonel’ and ‘Showboat.’ In 1911, Hattie organized an all-women’s minstrel show and she was performing and touring with many Vaudeville troops for several years.

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After her death, the talented Hattie McDaniel was awarded not one, but two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was also inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1975 and was honored with a commemorative U.S. postage stamp in 2006. It was a challenge for Hattie to be as successful and iconic as she was due to the racism that took place in media. But with hard work and a strong outer shell, she was able to make history. This Black History Month, we honor Hattie! #terrificwomantuesday

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Terrific Woman Tuesday: Jane Bolin

Happy Terrific Woman Tuesday! Women are so powerful and sometimes they go unnoticed which is why I think it is important for us Beauties to take some time out of our day to recognize and learn about a woman with many accomplishments. This educates us, but also can motivate and inspire us to continue reaching our goals and dreams.

This Tuesday we are shining some light on Jane Bolin. She became the first black female judge in the United States and served for New York’s Family Court for four decades. Jane advocated for children and families even outside institutions as well. She also became the first black woman to serve as an assistant corporate counsel for New York City.

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Jane graduated from Wellesley College where she received her Bachelor Arts degree and was recognized as one of the top students in her class. She then went to Yale Law School and became the first black woman to earn a law degree in that institution. Through her time in college, Jane faced a lot of racism and social isolation, but that didn’t stop her from pursuing her education and achieving what was seen to be impossible at that time.

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Jane set a pathway for the girls who want to be judges and aspire to work in law. She showed girls that if you really want to achieve something you can’t back down, and you can’t let people’s negativity make you wanna give up. Instead, their negativity should be your fuel to push harder. She unfortunately passed away at age 98, but we continue to acknowledge her accomplishments. Thank you Jane for breaking boundaries. This Black History Month we honor you! #TerrificWomanTuesday

Terrific Woman Tuesday: Mae Jemison

Because it is Black History Month, my terrific women these upcoming Tuesdays will be about African American women who have achieved great things.

This woman made history when she became the first black woman astronaut. This Tuesday’s terrific woman is Dr. Mae Jemison! Mae had a passion for astronomy ever since she was a little girl. She went to Stanford University where she double majored in chemical engineering and Afro-American studies. She also studied medicine at Cornell University and while she was there she was able to travel out of the country to places like, Thailand and Kenya. In those countries, Mae was able to provide primary medical care services to those who needed it.

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In 1987, Mae was picked out of 2,000 applicants to be an astronaut for NASA. At NASA she was a mission specialist, and she also worked as a liaison between the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas and NASA crew members in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Then, on September 12, 1992 Mae became the first African American woman to go to space! How exciting!

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After working with NASA for 6 years, Mae decided to teach at Dartmouth College and she also started to help children in school who have a passion for science. Mae has broken boundaries, inspired girls from all over, gave back to her community and internationally, and has advocated for science in children’s education. Thank you Dr. Mae Jemison for being such a wonderful role model. This Black History Month we honor you!

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